One of the new features in Windows 7 is the Action Center. The Action Center helps ensure your computer continues to run smoothly by alerting you to security and maintenance settings that require your attention. Items in the Action Center are color-coded based on their significance. Red items are important and require your attention; yellow items are recommended tasks that you should consider.

To open the Action Center:

  1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
  2. Under System and Security, click Review your computer’s status.

In addition, the notification area includes an Action Center icon. You can quickly check the Action Center for new messages by placing your mouse over the Action Center icon.