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Enabling Windows Firewall

This article explains how to enable the built-in firewall in Windows.

Windows 8

Windows 7


Windows 8

  1. If you have a keyboard and mouse, press Windows-X, click Control Panel and skip the next two steps.
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  2. Otherwise, from the Start screen, swipe up and tap All apps.
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  3. Scroll to the right and tap Control Panel.
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  4. Click or tap System and Security.
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  5. Click or tap Windows Firewall.
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  6. Click or tap Turn Windows Firewall on or off and enter your password if prompted.
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  7. Select Turn on Windows Firewall for both settings and click OK.
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Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.

  2. Click System and Security.
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  3. Click Windows Firewall.
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  4. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off and enter your password if prompted.
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  5. Choose Turn on Windows Firewall for both settings and click OK.
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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.




Keywords:security   Doc ID:15954
Owner:Larry T.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-12-01 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-05-22 09:41 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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