The following article shows you how to turn off the "Set up Backup" message you get in the Action Center in Windows 7 (see images below).



According to the MSDN article ( it states that this this use of the DisableMonitoring registry key should be used for “OEMs and developers of third-party backup applications … to turn off these automatic notifications.”. However in an SOE environment where no user data is stored on the local hard drive to the profile virtualisation and folder redirection then this registry key to stop the notification is perfect.

Registry Key Details

Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsBackup    

Value: DisableMonitoring    


Data Enabled: 0 (or not exist) = Disabled    

Data Disabled: 1 = Enabled

Step 1. Edit a Group Policy Object (GPO) that is targeted to the computers that you want to disabled the backup notification.

Step 2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry.

Step 3. Click on “Action” in the menu then “New” and then “New then Registry Item”


Step 4. Type “SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsBackup“ into the Hive: text field and then “DisableMonitoring” in the Value Name then select the REG_DWORD Value Type and type “1” in the Value data: field.


You should now see something like this in your Group Policy Editor.


Now you will see that the Backup section of the Action Center has been disabled.

Note: This should happen by 10am the day after the policy setting is applied.


You should also notice that the the “Set up Backup” has been removed from the Action Center Pop-up when the user hovers over the flag in the system tray.


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