Ok again the second link What happened to my "Predefined rules" in Windows Firewall? How can I get them back? - Super User
does not help for the following reasons:
1. My predefined rules are not greyed out, as in the link. they are available as in the image below so not the same issue/
2. in the link it describes his registry key as not being there:
"[HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Defaults\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules] On my Windows 7 Home Premium machine, I looked in that key and found.... nothing? "
Mine is not missing as seen in the image below. my registry key is there.
He resolved this by getting the registry key from another windows 7 copying and importing it into his registry. as you can see my registry is not missing and how can you tell it has been "tampered" with? I am not sure this is the same issue.
Again i am not trying to make my predefined rules appear, they already appear, so its not the same as the other post. I did a reset to default.
I did run into some problems when doing the troubleshooter as you can see in the last 2 images posted
thank you though