Disabled Windows® Security Center

What are the threats posed by a disabled Windows Security Center? How can it be enabled?

Windows Security Center can helps to improve the security of the PC by checking the status of a number of security essentials on the PC, including firewall settings, Windows automatic updating, Internet security settings, anti-malware software settings, and User Account Control settings. If Windows identifies a problem with any of these security essentials (for example, if your antivirus program is out of date or if firewall is incapable), Security Center will then display a notification and place a Security Center icon picture of the red Security Center shield in the notification area (Vista). Click the notification or double click on the Security Center icon to open Security Center and get information about how to fix the problem.

Consequences of disabling Windows Security Center and tips to enable Windows Security Center are mentioned below:

  • Consequences of disabling Windows Security Center

  • Enabling Windows Security Center in Windows XP

  • Enabling Windows Security Center in Windows Vista


Consequences of disabling Windows Security Center


If you disable the Windows Security Center, you will no longer receive security alerts. Anyone who connects their computer to the Internet should have personal security software. If you disable the Windows Security Center, malicious threats can break into the computer. There are also chances that hackers may try to creep into your PC if do not have enough security and privacy to your system. Also, there are various malware on the lookout for the slightest of loopholes. This makes enabling the Windows Security Center very essential.

Enabling Windows Security Center in Windows XP


To enable Windows Security Center in Windows XP Operating System, open your control panel. One of the applications found in the list is the administrator tools and from that you should choose 'Services'. Then find ['Security Center', from the list displayed on the screen and double click on it, then select start up type as 'Automatic'. Finally, select 'OK', and close the Control Panel. Reboot the computer and you will now be running a system with the Windows Security Center.
Enabling Windows Security Center in Windows Vista

Before enabling or disabling the Security Center it is important that you first turn on or off the Security Center Warning Notifications. Then open the Start Menu and type services in the search box and hit the Enter key. Now double click on the service Security Center in the Services window. In order to enable the Security Center, first select the option Automatic from the dropdown list near Startup Type. Click Apply button and then click the Start Button, then click the ok button and close the Services Window.
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