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How to disable or enable Windows Defender enhanced notifications in Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary update introduced enhanced notifications for Windows Defender. Now, when its scan is complete, the app shows a toast notification on the Desktop and puts the same notification in Action Center. There is a setting to manage enhanced notifications in Windows 10. Using it, you can disable or enable them.

Windows 10 Defender enhanced notification
With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is represented by build 14342 as of this writing, Microsoft offers an option in the Settings app which manages Windows Defender enhanced notifications. To access it, you need to do the following.

  1. Open Settings.Windows 10 settings
  2. Go to Update and Security - Windows Defender.Windows 10 update and securityWindows 10 setting defender
  3. There, scroll down to Enhanced notifications:Windows 10 setting defender notifications
  4. Toggle the appropriate switch to enable or disable this feature.

This is pretty simple.

In case you need to turn on or off Windows Defender enhanced notifications in Windows 10 using a Registry tweak, the appropriate Registry value is located here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Reporting

Once you open this location (see how to jump to the desired registry key with one click), you can see the value DisableEnhancedNotifications. This is a 32-bit DWORD value.
Windows 10 defender disable enhanced notifications
If it does not exist in your Registry, you can just create it. You will need to take ownership of this key,

The value of DisableEnhancedNotifications can be 1 or 0:

  • 0 means enhanced notifications for Windows Defender are enabled (default).
  • 1 means enhanced notifications for Windows Defender are disabled.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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