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Turning On My Windows Firewall


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#1 Trainwrek

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:42 PM

My mother was using turbo tax and she got stuck and accidentally turned off the windows firewall under the Security Center in Control Panel. I tried turning it back on, but now the "On" button for the Firewall is unclickable. I tried doing a system restore but that didn't work. Any tips?

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 11:09 PM

Try using Regedit. Start > Run type in regedit. Find this key (click on crosses to expand):

HKLM,"System\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\
FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile"
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Click once on Standard Profile to highlight it & in the right hand pane, right click on EnableFirewall, select Modify & set the value data to 1.

Note: Make sure you select Current Control Set not Courrent which is right above it.

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 11:20 PM

WARNING:
The above instructions, involve editing the Registry.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry, before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:46 PM

Hm, I did what you said hillbillygreek, but when I go into Security Center it still has "Off" checked on. Even though this is checked is my firewall working?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:04 PM

Just to clarify: You don't have a 3d-party firewall installed? The Windows firewall was the only one activated?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:38 PM

Also, make sure you are logged on with an Administrator account & not a Limited account.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:04 AM

Also, make sure you are logged on with an Administrator account & not a Limited account.

:thumbsup: Forgot to do that! Thanks for the help!

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 04:58 AM

trainwrek,
my 2 cents....
1. stay away from editing the registry if you are not yet familiar with it. use only as a last resort.
2. do not rely on microsoft's firewall for protection. get a 3d party program.
3. did you check the services settings? firewall may be disabled there.
good luck!




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