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Change Action Center Settings Security Messages Greyed Out In Windows 7

A friend of mine also got a new laptop recently that is also running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit OS. He ran into an interesting problem earlier where he was being notified about a service that Windows 7 Action Center was recommending he take action on. The issue was when he attempted to modify the settings that control how Action Center notifies you about Security Messages all of them were greyed out except for the UAC (User Account Control). Below I describe  what would cause the Action Center Security Messages configuration to be greyed out and how to make those settings available again.