How to Turn Off Firewall in Windows OS?

There are several times when you need to disable or turn off firewall temporarily. This is actually essential whenever an application or software is not working the way it should be. As an alternative, you can turn off firewall because you already have one between the internet and the personal computer. So, in order to get things done, scroll further to know more about the steps on how to turn off firewall.

How to Turn Off Firewall Windows 7 or Higher?

Step 1: Click on the Start menu towards the bottom side left hand side corner. Alternatively, you can also press the ‘Windows’ key on the keyboard.

Step 2: Since the ‘Start’ option opens up with a search bar, typing ‘Firewall’ should be the next step. This would help you search the firewall program installed on the PC.

Step 3: Click ‘Windows Firewall’. The program is present right at the top of the Start menu’s search window. It is denoted by an image of a brick wall covering a small globe partially.

Step 4: Click ‘Turn Windows Firewall on or off’. This is nothing but a link that’s visible on the left hand side of the page.

Step 5: Go for the option, ‘Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)’. You can check such a kind of option for Public as well as Private network settings.


Step 6: Once you have made up your mind, click ‘OK’ for confirming the action. This option is present towards the bottom and will surely help in disabling the firewall.

How to Disable a Firewall in Windows Vista?

Just as you have followed steps for Windows 7, it’s very much easy when you are using Windows Vista. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: As usual, open the start menu by clicking the Windows logo (at the bottom left hand side corner) or press the ‘Windows’ key to direct you to the menu.

Step 2: Click ‘Control Panel’ which is an option that you would probably find in ‘All Programs’.

Step 3: Go to ‘Security’ denoted by an icon depicting a multi-colored shield. You would find the option to the left hand side of the window.

Step 4: You then have to click ‘Windows Firewall’ visible at the top left hand side corner.

Step 5: Move on with the ‘Turn Windows Firewall on or off’ link and enter the Administrator password whenever you’re prompted to do so.

Step 6: Disable the setting by unchecking the option, ’Off (not recommended)’ box. The option would be present as you scroll down the page.

Step 7: For confirming the task, click ‘OK’. Finally, you would be in a position to disable Window’s Vista firewall.

While the aforementioned steps are for improved versions of Windows OS, the procedure is more or less similar when you need to disable Firewall in Windows XP. You only have to type ‘firewall.cpl’ in the Run dialog box. Post which, you need to select the option starting with ‘Off..’ followed by ‘OK’.

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Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.