Disable Balloon Tips in Windows Vista

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 28, 2007
Updated • Jun 2, 2013
Windows, Windows Vista

This article explains how to disable balloon tips in Windows Vista. Balloon tips are notifications that are displayed on the desktop whenever an event is triggered. While they can be helpful at times, they are more often than not annoying, especially if they pop up when you are working on something else at the time.

I thought it would be a nice follow up article to the one describing how you can make the balloon tips on the Vista operating system transparent.I personally think that Balloon Tips have no right to be there at all, they look awful and most do not contain information that are important in any way.

I disabled them the first day I started using Windows XP and I did the same on my Windows Vista notebook. Balloon Tips are a waste of time in my opinion. Let me explain how you can disable balloon tips in Windows Vista.

  • Press Windows+R, enter gpedit.msc and hit enter. This opens the Group Policy Editor. Please note that the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is not available in Windows Vista Home and Vista Home Premium. I'm going to outline how to disable balloon tips on those editions below.
  • Go to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar.
  • Select Remove Balloon Tips, right-click it and choose properties from the context menu
  • Select Enable from the options and click ok
  • Close the Group Policy Editor
  • Reboot Windows Vista

As I said earlier gpedit.msc is not available in Windows Vista Home and Home Premium which means that we have to rely on the registry to disable those annoying balloon tips in Windows Vista.

  • Press Windows+R, type regedit and hit enter. This starts the registry editor
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced
  • Create a new Dword and name it EnableBalloonTips
  • The value should be automatically set to 0, if it is not change it to 0
  • Reboot Windows Vista

The changes take effect after the system has been restarted.


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  1. Andrew P. said on October 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I followed the instructions for Vista Home Premium and I still get those annoying balloons!!! Please help!!!!! lol

  2. seba said on December 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    it’s not working on my vista home premium.
    all windows baloons i had still pops up :/

  3. dirie said on September 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    is it possible to turn the balloons off without changing reqister? I have register editing block in the office and I hate the balloons!!! help me please

  4. Bob Engelbardt said on June 6, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I followed the instructions for removing balloon tips in VISTA but one that really bothers still comes up. This is the one that says “Some Start menu items can’t be displayed”. Then it recommends to change the screen resolution to provide more room. How do we eliminate that one?

  5. Annoying Vista Balloons said on March 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm

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  6. Cell Phone Reviews said on September 4, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Great post. I think this will help a lot of Vista users get rid of an annoying feature.

  7. eeh me said on March 28, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    One reason less, for not buying vista.

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