How can I change the group policy to turn on Windows firewall?

Neal September 27, 2010

I’m trying to help a friend who had a Kaspersky antivirus suite installed, but it expired last week, so we uninstalled it and installed Avira free antivirus.

She is running Windows XP Home service pack 3, and a security alert appeared saying that the firewall was not on. When I tried to turn it on, that button was grayed out and there was a notice at the top saying that certain settings were controlled by a group policy for out protection. How can I change that?

  1. Aibek
    October 4, 2010 at 10:56 am


    Did you manage to fix the issue?

  2. Martinmcarthur
    September 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    The first comment is the proper way to do this...

  3. Anonymous
    September 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    First try the microsoft fix it utility
    There is an option that says Diagnose and fix windows firewall services problems automatically

    If the machine is not part of a domain, then you can use GPEdit.msc and
    modify the ComputerConfiguration > Administrative Tepmlates > Network >
    Network Connections > Windows Firewall Group Policy Settings.

    If you are joined to the domain, then the Group Policy settings may be on
    the Domain Controller or in the local Group Policy

    Windows XP Home does not include GPEDIT; XP Home users can apparently run this program if they have access to files from an XP Pro.
    * Copy the files gpedit.dll and fde.dll from WINDOWSSystem32 on the XP Pro machine to WINDOWSSystem32 on the XP Home machine.
    * From a command prompt issue the following commands on the XP Home machine: regsvr32 C:WINDOWSSystem32gpedit.dll

    * regsvr32 C:WINDOWSSystem32fde.dll Open the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe) and select File->Add/Remove Snap-in... Then click Add. Select the Group Policy snap-in from the list of installed snap ins.

    You can now edit the Group Policy on the local machine. But XP Home doesn't support the same feature set as XP Pro, so the policies you are looking for might be missing.

    1.Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    2.Navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft WindowsFirewall

    3.Backup the key and then delete the WindowsFirewall branch.
    4.Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows.

    or Windows XP Home Edition: gpedit.msc (group policy) editing via registry

    or you can try the Doug's Windows XP Security Console allows you to assign various restrictions to specific users, whether you're running XP Pro or XP Home.

  4. rim gazelle
    September 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    hen run 'gpedit.msc'.
    then in the console tree, open Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, Network Connections, and then Windows Firewall

    if not you can use "Kaspersky Anti-Virus Rescue Disk v10.0.23.14 LiveCD" to change kaspersky settings..Download from here