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Turn Windows Firewall on or off ( Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10)

Windows XP: Windows Firewall from start to finish:

Disabling the Windows XP firewall

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open Network Connections.
  3. In the Network Connections window, right-click the Local Area Connection and select Properties.
  4. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
  5. Finally, uncheck the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet option.

Enabling the Windows XP firewall

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open Network Connections.
  3. In the Network Connections window, right-click the Local Area Connection and select properties.
  4. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
  5. Finally, check the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet option.

  6. Press the Windows key, type Windows Defender Firewall, and then press Enter.
  7. On the left side of the screen, under Control Panel Home, select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
  8. In the Customize Settings window, click the circle(s) next to Turn off Windows Defender Firewall for public networks, private networks, or both.
  9. When you're finished, click the OK button.

Windows 8 and Windows 10: Turn Windows Firewall on or off:

Turn Windows Defender Firewall on

  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Security and then Firewall & network protectionOpen Windows Security settings
  2. Select a network profile.
  3. Under Windows Defender Firewall, switch the setting to On. If your device is connected to a network, network policy settings might prevent you from completing these steps. For more info, contact your administrator.

  • Turn Windows Defender Firewall off

  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Security and then Firewall & network protection.  Open Windows Security settings
  2. Select a network profile.
  3. Under Windows Defender Firewall, switch the setting to Off. Turning off Windows Defender Firewall could make your device (and network, if you have one) more vulnerable to unauthorized access. If there's an app you need to use that's being blocked, you can allow it through the firewall, instead of turning the firewall off.
  • Allow an app through the firewall
  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Security and then Firewall & network protection.  Open Windows Security settings
  2. Select Allow an app through firewall.
  3. Select the app you want to allow through.
  4. Select OK.




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