Disable Balloon Messages on Windows XP

Tired of Windows XP displaying those warning balloon messages on your taskbar? While they do help to keep less experienced users a little more informed about the state of their Windows XP system than they might otherwise be, they can get annoying, especially for experienced users who would rather not be disturbed.

As with most system settings, balloon messages can be disabled by a Registry tweak. However, a safer option for most users is to make the change via Microsoft’s free Tweak UI PowerToy instead. To disable balloon messages with this tool, open it and then head to the Taskbar and Start menu section. Uncheck the Enable balloon tips item and click OK to stop these “helpful” balloon messages from bothering you.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

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