unable to activate windows firewall

By Big Red ยท 4 replies
Apr 10, 2006
  1. my windows firewall is turned off and unable to be activated. i receave the following message " your network administrator is using group policy to control these settings " how would i fix this and be able to see the status of the firewall
    thru control panel >security settings >firewall ?

    I have a stand alone computer and am using windows xp pro sp2.

    any help would be appreciated. big red
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    "Cause 1: Only the local administrators can configure Windows Firewall settings. Log in to your system using the administrator account.

    Cause 2: Your computer is part of a group of managed computers in your network. Thus a Windows Firewall Group Policy setting has been used to control the Firewall behaviour of your machine. Windows Firewall Group Policy administrator has control over all Firewall settings of computers under the same policy."

    Possibilities here - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/sharedaccess.htm
  3. Big Red

    Big Red TS Rookie Topic Starter

    unable to activate windows firewall (reply to peddant)

    thank you for your quick reply. cause 2: is exactly what is happening,except i'm
    not connected to a network.how can i change the group policy so i can take control back. i did read thru the link you supplied, lots of reading, should i follow thru with the link info. or is there another way to go?
    thank you big red
  4. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Try this - Navigate to the subkeys:


    In the right pane, delete the value: "EnableFirewall" = "1"

    From here - http://www.miclasificado.com.ar/cgi/News/i21/Greyed_out_firewall_settings.php

    Also,don`t forget the obvious things like running antispyware scans.
    Here`s the Techspot methods - https://www.techspot.com/vb/topic47014.html
  5. Big Red

    Big Red TS Rookie Topic Starter

    solution found (firewall)


    thank you for your help.tried your suggestions and now everything is under control.

    group policy editor gpedit.msc is another useful place for changing settings.

    big red
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