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Many users are interested in either enabling or disabling their Windows Firewall for various reasons. Some users want to utilize a different firewall, and some may have turned theirs off by accident.
Microsoft Windows 8 and 10 both come with pre-installed firewall utility, although it may be disabled by default. Below are steps that can be followed to enable or disable this feature in these versions of Windows.
Enabling Windows 8 or 10 firewall
Caution: Only one software firewall should be enabled at a time. If you have an antivirus or other security program installed with its own firewall, make sure it is disabled first.
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on System and Security
- Click on Windows Firewall.
- If the Windows Firewall is disabled, the Windows Firewall state will be Off. To turn it on, in the left navigation pane, click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
- In the Customize Settings window, select Turn on Windows Firewall and click OK.
Nice work! Enabling your Firewall is a common security policy and procedure to protect you and your company.