How to disable/enable Windows Firewall in Windows 7, 8 / 8.1 and Windows


A firewall is a software that filters information into and out of your computer or network. All the information on your computer will be through the firewall, from which the firewall will check information then allow or deny information to the computer. Microsoft has included firewall features in its operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to enable/disable the firewall in Windows

Starting with Windows 10 build 16193, Windows Firewall renamed to Windows Defender Firewall. Windows Firewall can help prevent hackers and malware from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or the network. This tutorial will give you a different way to enable or disable the firewall in Windows 10.

To turn the firewall on or off, you need to log on to the computer with Admin privileges.

Note: Windows Firewall is enabled by default in Windows 10. You should not turn off Windows Firewall unless you have installed and enabled a third-party firewall. Disabling Windows Firewall can make the computer (and network, if any) vulnerable to unauthorized access.

Option 1: Turn on firewall from notification

Click the notification (if any) from the Windows Firewall to enable the Windows Firewall for all network configurations.

Option 2: Turn on the firewall in Security and Maintenance

Open Control Panel> Security and Maintenance

In the Security tab, click the Network firewall entry Turn on now.

Option 3: Turn on / off the firewall in Windows Firewall Settings

Open Control Panel> Windows Firewall> Click Use recommended settings if you want to enable the firewall.

Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off in the left panel:

Here you will have the option to enable or disable the firewall for both Private and Public networks, select what you want, and click OK.

Method 4: Turn on/off the Windows 10 firewall in Windows Defender Security

Open Windows Defender Security Center> Firewall & network protection> click Private (discoverable) network or Public (non-discoverable) network, depending on which network you want to turn off or on, and then just go to On or Off. The Windows Firewall item is okay. Be more careful you can choose to block / unblock incoming connections in the Incoming connections section.

Turn on /off firewall in Windows 7

Here we will explain how to configure a firewall in Windows 7:

Step 1:

You must log on to the computer with administrative rights, accessed under Start> Control Panel> System and Security.

Step 2:

In the System and Security window, click on Windows Firewall.

Step 3:

In the left pane of the interface, select Change notification settings to adjust the firewall settings.

Step 4:

Here, you can customize the firewall on or off for both Private and Public networks

  • Step 5:

To install in Windows mode, you can click Use recommended settings.

Or go back to the original default, then select Restore default and click Yes when prompted

  • Step 6:

If you are an expert, you can use the Advanced Setting to configure the firewall for inbound and outbound traffic depending on your needs.

  • Step 7:

When you click on Inbound Rules on the left, you will see a list of Inbound Rules displayed. You can enable or disable any connection you want by right-clicking and selecting Enable Rule / Disable Rule

Do the same for Outbound Rules for outbound traffic.

Turn on/off firewall in Windows 8 / 8.1

You click on the Control Panel on the screen, if not, then hover in the upper right corner, until the magnifying glass icon as shown:

Enter Control Panel and click on the icon below to open the Control Panel. If you want to pin a Start Menu or Taskbar, right-click the Control Panel icon and select the corresponding option.

In the Control Panel, navigate to and click on Windows Firewall, the Windows Firewall window will appear with the same options as in Windows 7 (see Figure 3 above), you can follow the instructions in the wall switcher. fire on Windows 7 to turn off firewalls in Windows 8, as well as change related firewall settings.