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Vista Firewall

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#1 Blue2018


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:55 AM

The firewall is turned off and it's grayed out in the security center so I can't even turn it on, what gives. BTW, I just removed Windows Live OneCare and installed Microsoft Security Essential......

How do I go about getting the firewall turned back on ????

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:31 AM

Hello Blue2018, and :thumbsup: to BC.

Ok, the first thing I would try is run the OneCare Cleanup tool.

Note: To run this tool on Vista, right click the saved file and select Run as Administrator. Close all open programs (Browser etc.) before you run this tool

IMPORTANT: The OneCare Cleanup tool will uninstall or remove several components for MSE which will only be rectified by uninstalling and reinstalling MSE.

Reboot after running this tool and then try to turn on Windows Firewall. Start > Control Panel > [Security >] Windows Firewall.

If it still won't work, check the Windows Firewall service in running.

Click Start, type Services and click on corresponding result.

In the window that opens, look for the Windows Firewall service.

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It should be Started and Startup Type should be Automatic.

If not, double click the Windows Firewall entry, which should bring up the window below.

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Start the service, and set Startup Type to Automatic.

Click Apply > OK and Reboot your computer.

See if Windows Firewall is [or can be] now started.

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