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beeleesw

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I cannot disable the windows firewall. The On and Off windows firewall are both greyed out. Also near the top of the window I see "For your security, some settings are controlled by group policy" I don't recall this before.

I have a small network with only two machines connected. This is a recent occurence. I've been able to turn the firewall off and on before.

The firewall sometimes interferes with network connectivity, which is occurring now.

Any ideas?
 
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Start, Run, type services.msc and click OK

right click on the Windows Firewall service and select Properties

Stop the service and set the startup type to Disabled.
 
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Courtesy of MS-MVP Ramesh

Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
Navigate to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall

Backup the key (File => Export => Selected Branch) and then delete the 'WindowsFirewall' branch.
Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows.

-- and/or -------------------

If this is XP -pro

Click Start, Run and type "Gpedit.msc " {without the quotes}
Navigate to the following branch:
Computer Configuration
=> Administrative Templates
==> Network
===> Network Connections
====> Windows Firewall
=====> Standard Profile

Set the following options to 'Not Configured' (default settings):
(Right-click to change a setting)
Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections
Windows Firewall: Do not allow exceptions
Windows Firewall: Define program exceptions
Windows Firewall: Allow local program exceptions
Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception
Windows Firewall: Allow file and printer sharing exception
Windows Firewall: Allow ICMP exceptions
Windows Firewall: Allow Remote Desktop exception
Windows Firewall: Allow UPnP framework exception
Windows Firewall: Prohibit notifications
Windows Firewall: Allow logging
Windows Firewall: Prohibit unicast response to multicast or broadcast requests
Windows Firewall: Define port exceptions
Windows Firewall: Allow local port exceptions

Exit Group Policy editor.
 
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