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Windows 7: Firewall- Windows 7 equivalent to Vista/xp setting


14 Jan 2010   #1

 
Firewall- Windows 7 equivalent to Vista/xp setting

In windows 7 how do you set the windows firewall setting to the equivalent vista/xp win firewall setting "On - Block all incoming connections (no exceptions)" is there an easy way to do this in windows 7?


thanks

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14 Jan 2010   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7use View Post
In windows 7 how do you set the windows firewall setting to the equivalent vista/xp win firewall setting "On - Block all incoming connections (no exceptions)" is there an easy way to do this in windows 7?
thanks
To access the Firewall settings, just type firewall in the start search box.

Cheers!
Robert
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14 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Go to start > type in 'firewall' (no quotes) in search > choose Windows Firewall with Advanced security > at the top click Action > then properties > then under inbound connections choose the dropdown that says block all connections
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14 Jan 2010   #4

 

thanks redsoxm16, that is a very clear response. Will that affect printer sharing? How about network?
I like Windows 7 but one short coming is the "action center" which is bewildering. Much easier in xp/vista. In order to win over Mac users (I know many who are considering Windows 7 b/c mac is too$$$) this stuff should be automated and not rely on the end user in my opinion (while still allowing advanced users to customize.) Maybe they'll make it simpler in Windows 7 sp2 or 3.
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14 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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Will that affect printer sharing? How about network?
You're welcome.
I'm not sure what it will affect because I have different settings. If you find it affects those areas please post back here so people can learn.
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14 Jan 2010   #6

 

"block all connections" does seem to prevent mapping of netwrk drives (both when I set that on vista and Windows 7), once undone the map dr re-appears. Did not seem to prevent printing (printer share is on the vista machine).

the reason this whole issue came up is i did a netstat -a report on my vista machine and I noticed many open ports that I have no idea what they're for, so for security I set "block all" on firewall. I have many programs on my vista machine

my config is a network behind a router with vista/vista desktops and a Windows 7 lptp
thanks again
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14 Jan 2010   #7
bmb

Windows 7
 
 

If i block all incoming connections will that effect windows update or downloading(usenet,utorrent) ?
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14 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bmb View Post
If i block all incoming connections will that effect windows update or downloading(usenet,utorrent) ?
99% sure it will block the torrent and I doubt it'll block windows update
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14 Jan 2010   #9
bmb

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks
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14 Jan 2010   #10

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Run a check with Shields Up at Home of Gibson Research Corporation

You will find as long as you block inbound icmp - you will get a perfect score.

Outbound is something else.

There is a little app. there called LEAKTEST file download to test outbound - everything gets thru by default on Vista/7.
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