Windows 7 sports a new notification system called as activity center. It is essentially the new version of the security center present in previous editions of windows.

The activity center provides a assortment of functions , like handling all tray icons as well as actually sending out notifications for critical problems like firewall , windows update , and so on.

For those of you who find its features “a constant nag” , here is how to disable its functionality –

1. Double click on the white flag icon in notification area , to open up the activity center.

2. Next click on the “Notifications Area Icons” check box( this makes windows to show all tray icons as well as notifications)

3. Finally select “Turn system icons on or off” option and click the menu under behavior and choose off. click OK

4. Now the flag should disappear from the tray.