There should be an image here!If you encounter network problems, one of the first things you should do is disable the Windows Firewall to see if that isn’t causing the problem. However, disabling the Windows Firewall entails so many steps. Plus you’ll want to enable it again once you’ve identified and resolved the problem.

To make it easier to enable and disable the Windows firewall, you can create a shortcut, as described below:

  1. Right click on the desktop, point to New and click Shortcut.
  2. In the shortcut location box, type the following: netsh firewall set opmode disable.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut (one that makes it easy to identify what the shortcut is for).
  5. Click Finish.
  6. Right click the new shortcut on your desktop and click Properties.
  7. Select the Shortcut tab and click the Advanced button.
  8. Select the Run as administrator option and click OK.

Now, by double clicking the new shortcut, you can disable the Windows Firewall. You should also create a similar shortcut to enable the Windows Firewall. Simply repeat the steps outlined above only adding the following command in step 2: netsh firewall set opmode enable.

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