In Windows 7, the new
Action Center displays messages about the current state of your PC. In
particular, Action Center warns you if your computer has any current
example, the Action Center tells you if your PC does not have virus
protection installed, or if the Windows Defender spyware database is out
of date or turned off. Action Center also warns you if User Account
Control is turned off or if the Windows Firewall is deactivated.
Check Action Center for Security Problems
1 Click Start.
2 Click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
3 Click Review your computer's status.
The Action Center window appears.
4 Review the messages in the Security section.
5 Click a message button to resolve the security issue, such as clicking Update now if Windows Defender is out of date.
6 Click Security.
7 Scroll down the Action Center window.
• Action Center displays a summary of all your system's security settings.
Is there a quicker way to see Action Center messages?
Yes, you can view Action Center messages and open the Action Center more quickly by following these steps:
1 Click the Action Center icon () in the taskbar's notification area.
• The current Action Center messages appear here.
2 To launch Action Center, click Open Action Center.