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Windows Firewall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by beeleesw, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. beeleesw

    beeleesw Thread Starter

    Oct 26, 2007
    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?
  2. The_Oracle


    May 20, 2007
    Welcome to TSG

    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.
  3. Claymore


    May 20, 2005
    Courtesy of MS-MVP Ramesh

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    Navigate to the following location:

    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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