Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings

    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings

    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings

    How to Restore Default Windows Firewall Settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Restore Default Windows Firewall Settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8

       Information
    This will show you how to undo all of the changes you have made to the Windows Firewall settings and restore them back to the original default settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
       Warning
    Restoring the default settings removes all of the Windows Firewall settings that you have made up to that point, for all network (Public and Private) location types. This might cause some programs that you have allowed through the firewall to stop working.

    EXAMPLE: Default Windows Firewall Settings
    NOTE: These are the On or Off, and notification settings.
    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-default_settings.jpg
    EXAMPLE: Default Windows Firewall Exceptions Settings
    NOTE: These are the program exceptions that are allowed through Windows Firewall to have internet or network access.
    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-default_exceptions-1.jpg

    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-default_exceptions-2.jpg

    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-default_exceptions-3.jpg



    OPTION ONE

    To Reset Windows Firewall Settings to Default in Windows Firewall


    1. Open the Control Panel (Icons View) in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    2. Click/tap on the Windows Firewall icon.

    3. Click/tap on the Restore defaults link in the left pane. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-windows_firewall_defaults.jpg
    4. Click/tap on the Restore defaults button. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-restore_defaults.jpg
    5. Click/tap on the Yes button to confirm. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-confirm_default.jpg
    6. Close the Windows Firewall window when done. (See screenshot below step 3)



    OPTION TWO

    To Reset Windows Firewall Settings to Default in Command Prompt


    1. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    netsh advfirewall reset


    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-reset_windows_firewall_command.jpg
    3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt.


       Note
    Command information.

    netsh advfirewall reset /?


    Windows Firewall - Restore Default Settings-reset_windows_firewall_command_info.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn









  1. Posts : 267
    Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
       #1

    restore defaults


    Hello Shawn
    I tried to set Win 7 native firewall but I think I made some errors.
    My question is,"If I click to 'restore daults' will this not allow some programs or just ask me to allow them once again.?"
    I want to start from scratch, so to speak.
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  2. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Peter,

    This will reset Windows Firewall completely back to it's default settings. If anything loses internet/network connection afterwards, then you could just add it to the exception list for it to regain access again.

    If you like, you might try either the free TinyWall or Windows 7 Firewall Control program. It'll help make using Windows Firewall easier. :)
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 267
    Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
       #3

    firewalls


    That is good advice and much appreciated. The link was very clear.
    I assume I remove Windows native firewall before installing the new one?
    Thank you
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Nope. Those programs work with Windows Firewall to help make using it easier. That's all. :)
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 267
    Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
       #5

    firewall


    You have been very helpful and thank you.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    You're most welcome Peter. :)
      My Computer


 

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