Disable Windows 8.1 Help Label Notifications

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Disabling help label notifications in Windows 8.1 can be achieved through a few different methods. Here’s a guide.

Using the Registry Editor to Disable Help Sticker Notifications

Follow these steps to disable Help Sticker Notifications in Windows 8.1 using the Registry Editor:

  1. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Type regedit in the search box or Run dialog.
    • Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the Relevant Registry Key:
    • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  3. Create a New Key:
    • Right-click on the Windows key.
    • Select New > Key.
    • Name the new key EdgeUI.
  4. Create a New DWORD Value:
    • Select the EdgeUI key you just created.
    • In the right side pane, right-click and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    • Name this new value DisableHelpSticker.
  5. Modify the DWORD Value:
    • Double-click on DisableHelpSticker.
    • Enter 1 in the Value data box.
    • Click “OK”.
  6. Restart Your PC:
    • After completing these steps, restart your computer.
    • The Help Stickers should no longer be visible.

Note: If you wish to re-enable the Help Stickers at a later time, you can navigate back to the EdgeUI key and delete it from the registry.

Using Group Policy Editor to Disable Help Tips

If your edition of Windows 8.1 includes the Group Policy Editor, you can use it to disable Help Tips. Here’s how:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor:
    • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
    • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the Appropriate Setting:
    • Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Edge UI.
  3. Disable Help Tips:
    • Find the setting named Disable help tips.
    • Double-click on it to open its configuration window.
    • Select the Enabled option.
    • Click Apply, then OK.

Note: Disabling Help Tips using Group Policy Editor will apply the change for all users on the system. Ensure you have administrative privileges to make these changes.

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Disabling End of Support Notifications in Windows 8.1

End of Support (EOS) notifications can be disabled by modifying certain registry keys, especially after specific updates like the KB5015874 rollup update. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Press Windows Key + R, type regedit, and hit Enter.
  2. Add Registry Entries:
    • Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EOSNotify.
    • Create or modify the DWORD value DiscontinueEOS and set it to 1.
    • Repeat the process for the path HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EOSNotify.
    • Also, add or modify the DWORD value RemindMeAfterEndOfSupport in the same paths and set it to 1.
  3. Disable Scheduled Tasks:
    • Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
    • Type the following commands:
      • schtasks /Change /DISABLE /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Setup\EOSNotify"
      • schtasks /Change /DISABLE /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Setup\EOSNotify2"
      • schtasks /Delete /F /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Setup\EOSNotify"
      • schtasks /Delete /F /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Setup\EOSNotify2"

Note: Be cautious while editing the registry and running commands as an administrator. Incorrect changes can affect system stability. Creating a system restore point before proceeding is advised.

Using Quiet Hours to Temporarily Disable Notifications

Windows 8.1 includes a ‘Quiet Hours’ feature that allows you to temporarily disable notifications. This is useful when you need to focus or avoid distractions. Follow these steps to use Quiet Hours:

  1. Access the Charms Bar:
    • Move your cursor to the right edge of the screen, or swipe in from the right edge on a touchscreen device.
    • Click or tap on the Charms Bar.
  2. Go to Settings:
    • In the Charms Bar, click or tap on ‘Settings’.
  3. Access Notifications Settings:
    • Tap or click on ‘Notifications’ within the Settings menu.
  4. Set Quiet Hours:
    • A menu will appear allowing you to disable notifications for a set period.
    • Choose to disable notifications for one, three, or eight hours.

Note: This setting is temporary and only affects notifications for the chosen duration. It’s a convenient way to create a distraction-free environment on a temporary basis.

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