Windows Embedded Standard 7: User interface filters (Post 3 of 4)

Windows Embedded Standard 7: User interface filters

(Post 3 of 4)

This post is the third in a series of four posts that make an article on user interface filters. In particular, we will deal with "Turn off Pop-Up balloons"


Turn off Pop-Up balloons

While in previous versions of Windows the display of these Pop-Ups was driven by some registry keys, in Windows 7 (and therefore in Windows Embedded Standard 7) the Pop-Up Balloons have increased and how NOT to have them displayed has started to depend on the application itself.

For those related to the discovery of new hardware (e.g. when you insert a memory stick or more generally a device) we can act, with administrator rights, on the registry key:


"DisableBalloonTips"=0x00000001 (REG_DWORD)

· If equal to 1, the key is enabled and the Pop-Up Balloons will NOT appear;

· If equal to 0, the key is disabled and the Pop-Up Balloons will appear;

In the standard situation, the key does NOT exist, so the function is disabled.

NOTE: To create the right Registry-Key-Name we suggest to use the Edit Group Policy as explained below.

This key can be controlled by the system program "GPEdit" (Group Policy Editor). To enable the ability NOT to display the Pop-Up Balloons:

• Click the Start button and in the search box, type "Edit Gr ...", the system presents a list of applications from which you can choose "Edit Group Policy".

• Navigate the panels: Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - System - Device Installation;

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· Click on Turn off "Found New Hardware balloons during device inst...";

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· Click on Enable and eventually type a Comment as a reminder;

· Click on OK and close the Group Policy Editor.

Other types of Pop-Up Balloons, such as those related to the availability of new system updates can be disabled by acting on functions configured in the panel "Change Action Center settings":

· Click the Start button and in the search box type "Action Center" and turn it on;

· On the left column select "Change Action Center settings".

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This panel refers to the "Messages" of the various functions and not to the functions themselves that are handled each with their own settings.

If we refer to our target device as an object identified with the application for which it was designed, the advice is that if the taskbar (or the "explorer" shell) is not necessary for the application, the latter is chosen directly as the "system shell" avoiding many user and system interference with the application itself.


These articles, divided into post, were written, revised and translated into English as well as by me by other two colleagues of mine: Gianni Rosa Gallina (blog) eMVP and Marina Sabetta.

For more information please refer to these links (in English):

1 comment:

  1. Posted Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1:46:58 AM

    Really informative article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

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