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Enabling Windows Firewall
This article explains how to enable the built-in firewall in Windows.
- If you have a keyboard and mouse, press Windows-X, click Control Panel and skip the next two steps.
- Otherwise, from the Start screen, swipe up and tap All apps.
- Scroll to the right and tap Control Panel.
- Click or tap System and Security.
- Click or tap Windows Firewall.
- Click or tap Turn Windows Firewall on or off and enter your password if prompted.
- Select Turn on Windows Firewall for both settings and click OK.
- Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Click System and Security.
- Click Windows Firewall.
- Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off and enter your password if prompted.
- Choose Turn on Windows Firewall for both settings and click OK.
Firewalls in Plain English
If you've never used a firewall before, we recommend reading firewalls in plainspeak, a quick, easy to follow introduction to firewalls. Running a firewall is part of safe computing's best practices and is highly recommended for any computer, but especially for computers running the Windows operating system.