Today I fixed this issue bellow caused by ESS (and other AV's). http://www.optimizingpc.com/windows7/action_center_windows_7_update.html Now my issue was near same as that, in that I had no AV/FW etc in Action Centre (no warnings though) and when I went to the Action Centre settings, most entries were shaded out like picture in that url. Many reboots later ESS updates and once again Action Centre is borked ! When is this known issue gong to be fixed (I feel you need fix existing things instead of adding new things). When is next Beta or Full build (I would like to get off older Beta and not mess up my Vista Sidebar on my dual boot). Tomorrow (Monday) I will get onto CS about lack of license for something I paid for over 6 weeks ago (I have given them plenty of time and was just curious how slow they could be). This product and service of CS sure has went downhill since original Nod32 version 2.x days.