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Windows 7: Export (and import) firewall rules?

02 Oct 2016   #1

win7pro 64bit
Export (and import) firewall rules?

Assume I want to backup (for later restore or for import on another Win 7 computer) all the current Win 7 firewall rules.

How do I do this?

Where are they stored?

In Registry or in a file?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2016   #2

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1


Disclaimer: I do not personally use Windows Firewall....

...but perhaps this tutorial might have some helpful advice:

Windows Firewall Settings - Backup and Restore
(There does not seem to be a tutorial for this here at sevenforums, but the associated link takes me to the one at So I assume this also works for Win7.)

A quick Google search turns up several other, similar tutorials at other computer fora.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoxieMomma View Post
Windows Firewall Settings - Backup and Restore
(There does not seem to be a tutorial for this here at sevenforums, but the associated link takes me to the one at So I assume this also works for Win7.)
Everything said there is equally valid for Windows 7 too, nice tip.

I would add, that procedure ends up creating a .wfw file that describes the firewall configuration, that's the file you should backup. It's worth noting that it contains the entire configuration, not just the rules (such as enabled status, block/allow by default, log settings and the like).

When restoring, it overwrites the entire configuration and the rules, completely replacing with that's contained in the backup.
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