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Security warning: the Windows Firewall is turned off

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Symptoms
You receive a warning in the notification area of the task bar telling you that the Windows Firewall is turned off. The warning is displayed as a Windows security alert in Windows XP and in Windows Vista, and as an Action Center message in Windows 7.
Security alert in Windows XPSecurity alert in Windows VistaAction Center message in Windows 7
XP AlertVista AlertWindows 7 Alert
In Windows XP or in Windows Vista, you double-click the security alert to open the Windows Security Center. The Windows Security Center warns you that the Windows Firewall is turned off. In Windows 7, you click the Action Center message, and then click Open Action Center. The Action Center warns you that Windows Firewall is turned off.
Cause
This problem can occur if the Windows Firewall service is stopped.
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To resolve this problem, manually turn on the Windows Firewall if the problem cause is that the Windows Firewall service is stopped.

Windows XP

  1. In the Windows Security Center, click Recommendations in the Firewall section.
  2. In the Recommendation dialog box, click Enable now.

Windows Vista

In the Windows Security Center, click Turn on now in the Firewall section.

User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

Windows 7

In Action Center, click Turn on now for Network firewall in the Security section.

User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

More information
For information about Windows Firewall in Windows 7, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-firewall

To learn more about the Windows Firewall in Windows Vista, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Firewall-frequently-asked-questions


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Article ID: 2288085 - Last Review: 07/25/2012 23:28:00 - Revision: 15.0

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate

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