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Hey guys, so I reformatted recently, and installed windows fresh. I've run all the updates (well, excluding one for my integrated vid card which crashes the system). So feel free to think of this as a Windows XP SP2 system that's current on it's updates.

 

Now, I figured I didn't want to let things go for too long before changing my firewall away from the standard windows firewall, but admittedly this computer has been in use for about two weeks on this fresh install, and has been running windows firewall. So thinking I was about to install this far better firewall I trust far more, I go to turn it off, and discover that I can't. The radio buttons next to the "On (recommended)" and "Off (not recommended)" have been disabled, with On still selected.

 

I've done a few things with it in the time this install has been in use, and never saw that. I noticed one more addition as well ... "For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy" up at the top of the WF settings. Additionally, I can't control what network connections it's active for. I thought group policy was used for system administrators maintaining multiple machines, but had no clue really, so looked at the Help and Support bit of windows ... only to find that articles on it tell me that it's not a part of my OS, so it's missing from the help.

 

So how do I turn off the firewall, preferably not by crippling it, and are there other things that group policy is limiting my control of? Can any other such limitations be resolved? I saw a few threads in here that looked similar, but links talking about using the group policy controls do me no good as I can't find any such controls, and my documentation says group policy isn't in my OS.

 

Thanks for any help, it'll be greatly appreciated! :)

 

~~~~System~~~~

2.53ghz Intel Celeron

1gig RAM

Intel 82865G Graphics Controller (onboard graphics, so sad)

Win XP Home SP2

 

Yes, the computer in question in a dell, darn. If any other system info is needed, let me know. :unsure:

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Hey guys, so I reformatted recently, and installed windows fresh. I've run all the updates (well, excluding one for my integrated vid card which crashes the system). So feel free to think of this as a Windows XP SP2 system that's current on it's updates.

 

Now, I figured I didn't want to let things go for too long before changing my firewall away from the standard windows firewall, but admittedly this computer has been in use for about two weeks on this fresh install, and has been running windows firewall. So thinking I was about to install this far better firewall I trust far more, I go to turn it off, and discover that I can't. The radio buttons next to the "On (recommended)" and "Off (not recommended)" have been disabled, with On still selected.

 

I've done a few things with it in the time this install has been in use, and never saw that. I noticed one more addition as well ... "For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy" up at the top of the WF settings. Additionally, I can't control what network connections it's active for. I thought group policy was used for system administrators maintaining multiple machines, but had no clue really, so looked at the Help and Support bit of windows ... only to find that articles on it tell me that it's not a part of my OS, so it's missing from the help.

 

So how do I turn off the firewall, preferably not by crippling it, and are there other things that group policy is limiting my control of? Can any other such limitations be resolved? I saw a few threads in here that looked similar, but links talking about using the group policy controls do me no good as I can't find any such controls, and my documentation says group policy isn't in my OS.

 

Thanks for any help, it'll be greatly appreciated! :)

 

~~~~System~~~~

2.53ghz Intel Celeron

1gig RAM

Intel 82865G Graphics Controller (onboard graphics, so sad)

Win XP Home SP2

 

Yes, the computer in question in a dell, darn. If any other system info is needed, let me know. :unsure:

 

 

Crash and Burn the system and rebuild using the Windows Disc, not the Dell Recovery disk.

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Crash and Burn the system and rebuild using the Windows Disc, not the Dell Recovery disk.

 

That has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. You should kill yourself for saying that. That's like saying: "Hmm, there's a scratch on the side of my car. I might as well replace the whole frame."

 

Try this Nick: Open "regedit" and navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ WindowsFirewall" and delete the "WindowsFirewall" key. Restart your computer; you should now be able to turn the firewall on or off. Tell me the outcome.

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That has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. You should kill yourself for saying that. That's like saying: "Hmm, there's a scratch on the side of my car. I might as well replace the whole frame."

 

Try this Nick: Open "regedit" and navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ WindowsFirewall" and delete the "WindowsFirewall" key. Restart your computer; you should now be able to turn the firewall on or off. Tell me the outcome.

 

 

weaktrend: Thank you very much for this piece of advice. For some odd reason I actually had to make this change twice (the registry entries apparently resurrected themselves the first time for no apparent reason), however after doing so things are working fine. I can turn the firewall on and off at will, which has allowed me to put another one it it's place.

 

*cough cough* .... without crashing and burning the system. ^_^

 

Much thanks!

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weaktrend: Thank you very much for this piece of advice. For some odd reason I actually had to make this change twice (the registry entries apparently resurrected themselves the first time for no apparent reason), however after doing so things are working fine. I can turn the firewall on and off at will, which has allowed me to put another one it it's place.

 

*cough cough* .... without crashing and burning the system. :rolleyes:

 

Much thanks!

 

I have the same problem, except I want it to turn back on. However, when I try deleting the key, it continues to ressurect itself. It's getting really trying, any input would be greatly appreciated.

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