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Setting Up a Firewall: Windows 7 - Basic

Learn how to set up the Windows 7 firewall to protect your computer against malicious activity.

After initial configuration, the advanced settings instructions provide information about creating exceptions for additional services.

1. Set up system and security settings

  1. From the Start menu, click Control Panel, then click System and Security
  2. Under Windows Firewall, select either Check firewall status to determine whether the firewall is turned on or off, or Allow a program through Windows Firewall to allow a blocked program through the firewall

Win 7 firewall System and Security

2. Select program features

  1. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off from the left side menu
  2. Configure the settings for your home/work (private) or public network
  3. Click OK to save your changes

Step 2

3. Choose firewall settings for different network location types

  1. Turn on Windows Firewall for each network location you use - Home or work (private) or Public
    • Click What are network locations? for more information on network types
    • Domain network locations are controlled by your network administrator and can't be selected or changed
  2. Select Turn on Windows Firewall under the applicable network location type (in image below, both locations are selected)
  3. Select Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program for each network type, if the box is not already checked
  4. Click OK to save your changes

Step 3

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