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Fix: Windows XP Firewall Settings grayed out (TTID #388)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 89,282 /  Created: February 28, 2007
Problem: Cannot change Windows Firewall setting on a Microsoft Windows XP SP2 workstation connected to a Small Business Server 2003 because the options are grayed out.

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Solution: Remove Firewall Group Policy from the registry.
Note: Local Machine Administrator Rights may be required. If necessary contact your Network Administrator.

Launch RegEdit.

Delete the Registry Key:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall]

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To restore the Group Policy with Firewall On and grayed out.

Launch RegEdit.

Add the following information into the registry.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile]
"EnableFirewall"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile]
"EnableFirewall"=dword:00000001

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Registry Editor
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile]
Value Name: EnableFirewall
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1
   
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile]
Value Name: EnableFirewall
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1




To restore the Group Policy with Firewall Off and grayed out.

Launch RegEdit.

Add the following information into the registry.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile]
"EnableFirewall"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile]
"EnableFirewall"=dword:00000000
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Registry Editor
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile]
Value Name: EnableFirewall
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0
   
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile]
Value Name: EnableFirewall
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0



WARNING: Use the information provided at your own risk. Always backup your system prior to modifying the registry. Serious problems may occur that require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved.

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