This document describes how to view the settings for Windows' built-in firewall as well as how to enable and disable the firewall. In Windows 7, 8 and 10, you can customize your firewall settings for the three main network types: Public networks, Private networks, and Domain networks.
Navigate to the Windows Firewall:
- Windows 7: Click on the Start menu » Control Panel
- Windows 8 & 10: Go to the Start Screen and type Control Panel. Click on the Control Panel icon when it appears on the screen.
In the Control Panel search bar in the upper right-hand corner, type firewall. Select Windows Firewall from the results.
You should now see the firewall settings for your current network type. In addition, you may also expand the other two network types to view their settings. For more information on the differences between the three different network types, see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/choosing-a-network-location.
Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off in the left-hand navigation panel.