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Windows 7 Firewall versus File and printer sharing

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#1 thephilosopher2014


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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:52 PM

I've spent a considerable amount of hours (spread over 3 days...) trying to solve a problem.


If I turn OFF the windows firewall, it automatically turns ON the 'file and printer sharing'.  And if I turn OFF the file and printer sharing, it automatically turns ON the windows firewall.  IOW, I can NOT have the windows firewall OFF and the file and printer sharing OFF at the same time.


I am using ESET firewall and have no need for the windows firewall as it might be the source of problems in some of my applications.  One firewall is enough!


I tried so many things.  If you have any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.




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#2 thephilosopher2014

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 01:41 AM

Update - I didn't find exactly what I wanted, nevertheless I would like to share with you what I did and maybe have your feedback, opinions.


I disabled the firewall in Services (Windows firewall).  And then I went in >open network and sharing center>change adapter setting, right click to get Properties and uncheck File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Network from all the connections.


In the >Change Advanced Sharing Setting, the file and printer sharing is still ON and can't be turned OFF (it doesn't stay), but since I uncheck it for each connection, then it is disabled, right? 


What do you think?



#3 hamluis



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 11:14 AM

I run Eset and the Windows Firewall.  The Windows Firewall should not even be a consideration if you use the Eset firewall, once you have indicated such in Security Center.  Once a 3d-party firewall is indicated, the Windows firewall ceases to run...there can be no conflict.



Edited by hamluis, 23 January 2015 - 11:15 AM.

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