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Old 05-16-2008, 10:41 PM   #21
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Anyone know how to shut the damned reminders (firewall, updates, internet) that keep popping up? I'd trust a pile of cow-pies for security before MS software.
Yes, its a registry setting.
Here's the correct instructions for adding the registry entry to disable balloon tips:
http://www.petri.co.il/disable_ballo...windows_xp.htm

its done at the CurrentUser level, in case you have multiple logins you wanna turn these off for.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:45 PM   #22
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That's the truth, the proverbial fox guarding the hen house.

If you have another firewall installed (I use Zonealarm) you can shut off the Windows one without being nagged.

It is possible to disable all automatic update features (and the corresponding "auto-nags,") but it involves some fairly detailed registry editing, and/or group policy editing.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:57 PM   #23
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I really wish I didn't need winduhs for testing. I have all of the automatic update features shut off and it still does updates!

Anyone know how to shut the damned reminders (firewall, updates, internet) that keep popping up? I'd trust a pile of cow-pies for security before MS software.
There's a link on the left side of the window for those reminders. It has the title "change how windows alerts me" or something to that effect. Open that and uncheck all the boxes (There should be one for firewall, one for auto update, and one for antivirus). Close it all and be alert free from then on out.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:23 PM   #24
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Great! I bailed off of MS back at 3.51, but I still have to be able to test my company's applications, so I appreciate the info.

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Old 05-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #25
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Anyone know how to shut the damned reminders (firewall, updates, internet) that keep popping up? I'd trust a pile of cow-pies for security before MS software.
I just stop and disable the security center service (open services in the control panel, double click the service name). Stop then change the start up type to Disabled and hit OK. Of course, always exercise caution when mucking with configurations, ect, ect.
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