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What's With This "group Policy" Crap?

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#1 madman6510


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Posted 13 April 2007 - 11:33 PM

After I installed this "Windows Live One Care" thing that crapped out on me (I finally uninstalled it), the windows firewall has had this little blue bar at the top that says "For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy". I really need to turn the firewall on, and ZoneAlarm has been screwing up my network. How do I turn off this group policy thing? I assume it's comewhere in the local security policy section of administrative tools, but I want advise before I go in and start clicking random buttons.

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#2 Andrew


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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:52 AM

Ah, the Group Policies. More mysterious than the registry and almost as dangerous.

Try this:

Note: If your computer is part of a Domain, do not continue! Seek the advice of your IT department!

Go to Start->Run and type gpedit.msc and press enter.

On the tree on the left side of the Group Policy Window, expand Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Network->Netwok Connections->Standard Profile. On the right hand side (be sure to have selected Standar Profile in the previous step!) double click Windows Firewall:Protect all Network Connections, click Not Configured and press OK.
For good measure, do the same for any other entries that are not already Not Configured. It should look like figure 1 (see below)

You should now have control over the firewall from the Control Panel.

Figure 1 click here to enlarge
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Edited by Amazing Andrew, 14 April 2007 - 05:04 AM.

#3 madman6510

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 07:01 PM

didn't work...

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 08:31 PM

give this a shot:
  • Click start, run, regedit
  • Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ WindowsFirewall
  • Save a copy of the registry before making changes
  • Delete Windows Firewall
  • Close Regedit and restart
that should do it

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