Non-blogging is temporarily interrupted to bring you these instructions. They explain how to turn off Notification Balloons in Windows XP. Notification Balloons, for those of you who are blissfully unaware, are popups that Windows produces in the bottom right hand corner of the screen telling you things like "Battery Low" or "Updates are Available for this Computer" or, my favorite, "Wireless Network Connected" which reliably pops up every 20 minutes or so.

Here's how to turn them off in five simple steps:
To Disable The Notification Area Balloon Tips

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
2. Navigate to the following subkey:
3. Right-click the right pane, create a new DWORD value, and then name it EnableBalloonTips.
4. Double-click this new entry, and then give it a hexadecimal value of 0.
5. Quit Registry Editor. Log off Windows, and then log back on.

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