This article was previously published under Q307554
This article lists some programs that require you to manually open ports so that the programs can work correctly. To work correctly, some programs need to have specific ports open so that traffic can pass through the Internet Connection Firewall.
Programs that require manually opened ports to work correctly
AOL Instant Messenger
Need for Speed
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
308127 How to manually open ports in Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP
283673 How to turn on or turn off the firewall in Windows XP
For more information about other programs, see the following related information.
With Internet Connection Sharing enabled
227148 Unable to connect error message using MIRC and ICS in Windows Millennium Edition and Windows 98
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