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Create Action Center Desktop Shortcut for Windows 8.1/8!

It's easy to create Action Center Desktop Shortcut in Windows 8.1, 8 or Windows 10. This solution is also for Windows Server 2012 and 2008!

1.) ... Creating the Action Center desktop shortcut for Windows 8.1 (7, 8) and Server 2008/2012!
2.) ... What is the Action Center in Windows 8 and 8.1 and information!

1.) Creating the Action Center desktop shortcut for Windows 8.1 (7, 8) and Server 2008/2012!

Simply click on an empty part of the Windows 8.1 desktop (... see Image-1) , then select the option
"New" and "Shortcut" (... see Image-1 Arrow-1)  and use the command wscui.cpl! Please click  the button "Next" and use for the name Action-Center!

PS: To see the Windows 8.1 desktop, simply press the keyboard shortcut [Windows+D]!

You can also use the my prepared shortcut. Download: ... Windows-8_and_8.1_Action-Center_shortcut.zip

Click on the Action-Center Windows 8 Desktop shortcut to see (open) the Action-Center!
(... see Image-2 Arrow-1)! 

(Image-1) Action Center Desktop Shortcut for Windows 8.1 and 8!
Action Center Desktop Shortcut for Windows 8.1 and 8!

2.) What is the Action Center in Windows 8 and 8.1 and information!

Action Center is a central place to view notifications and take actions that can help keep Windows running smoothly. If Windows finds any problems with your hardware or software, this is where you'll get important messages about security and maintenance that need your attention.

In Windows 8 and 8.1 "Action Center", you can quickly:
(... see Image-2 Arrow-1-5)! 

1. Customize Windows SmartScreen.
2. View and change the status of the Windows virus and spyware protection!
3. Windows updates status and customization!
4. Information if a new driver is available!
5. Windows 8.1/8 File History
... and match more !

Red items. These messages are labeled important, and indicate significant problems that you should address soon. For example, if your PC's antivirus software is out of date, you'll see a red message. Red messages have a red left Border in the Action Center icon Action Center icon with a red Border! (... see Image-2 Arrow-2)
Yellow items. These messages are suggested tasks that you should consider addressing. For example, if there's an update for an app to help it run better on your PC, you'll see a yellow message. Yellow messages don't change the Action Center icon. (... see Image-2 Arrow-3)

(Image-2) Show eg. Open Action Center in Windows 8.1 or 8!
Show eg. Open Action Center in Windows 8.1 or 8!

Other Win 8.1/8 Action Center items!

  • Network firewall
    Checks info coming from the Internet or a network, and then either blocks it or allows it to pass through your firewall to your PC.
  • Windows Update
    Gathers the latest security and PC updates from Microsoft via the Internet.
  • Virus protection
    Detects whether your virus software is turned on and up to date.
  • Spyware and unwanted software protection
    Detects whether your spyware protection is turned on and up to date.
  • Internet security settings
    Checks to make sure that your security settings are working correctly.
  • User Account Control
    Informs you when a app makes a change that requires administrator permissions.
  • Windows SmartScreen
    Helps protect your PC by warning you if a downloaded file is known to be malware or has an unknown reputation.
  • Network Access Protection
    Helps protect the overall security of the network (mostly used on corporate networks).
  • Windows activation
    Informs you about whether you've activated your copy of Windows.
  • Microsoft account
    Informs you about whether your Microsoft account is working properly. (This section will only appear if you've set up a Microsoft account.)
  • Maintenance: Check for solutions to problem reports
    Checks for solutions to software or hardware crashes that happen on your PC.
  • Automatic Maintenance
    Runs maintenance tasks to keep your PC running smoothly.
  • Maintenance: HomeGroup
    Checks that a homegroup is working correctly (if available).
  • Maintenance: File History
    Checks to make sure your PC is saving copies of your files so you can get them back if the originals are lost or damaged.
  • Maintenance: Drive status
    Checks to make sure the file system is working correctly and is free of errors.
  • Maintenance: Device software
    Checks for whether you need to install additional software for devices to run correctly.

FAQ 140: Updated on: June 24th 2015 13:23
FAQ: Windows 8.1 and 8
135. Find and start programs in Windows 8.1 and 8!
136. AHCI for Windows 8.1 and 8 via storahci (activate, switch)!
137. Additional Clocks in Windows 8.1 / 8 taskbar!
138. Stored User Names and Passwords for Windows 8.1/8 and 10 Remote-Desktop (Backup, Restore)!
139. Create a password reset eg. recovery disk for Windows 8.1, 8 and Windows 10!
140. Create Action Center Desktop Shortcut for Windows 8.1/8! ***
141. How to customize Windows Smart Screen in Win 8.1 and 8 (turn-off, disable)!
142. Change settings in Win 8.1/8 when to be notified about changes on your computer!
143. Screensaver to display, pictures folder in windows 8.1 / 10?
144. Hiberfil.sys to another drive because my C: on SSD is full (Windows 8.1 / 8)!
145. Enable or Disable Data Execution Prevention in Windows 8.1, 8 and 10 (turn-off/-on)!


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