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How do you turn off the Windows 8 firewall?

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Quick Answer

Turn off the Windows 8 firewall by opening the Windows Firewall menu box from the main search screen and selecting Turn Windows Firewall On or Off from the listed options. In the dialogue box, click Turn Off Windows Firewall, then confirm the selection by clicking OK.

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Full Answer

  1. Open the search box

    Move the mouse cursor to the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. Swipe the cursor inward to open the options menu, and click Search.

  2. Locate Windows Firewall

    Click on the search text box, and type "windows firewall". The search results automatically populate as you type.

  3. Select the appropriate option

    Select Windows Firewall from the search results.

  4. Select the correct option

    On the left side of the Windows Firewall box, click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.

  5. Enter the administrative password

    If prompted, enter the administrative password for the computer.

  6. Select the proper setting

    In the Customize Settings page, click Turn Off Windows Firewall (not recommended). This option is unavailable if your network policy settings prohibit disabling the firewall.

  7. Choose network firewall settings

    Choose the firewall settings for both public and private networks. Be mindful when deactivating, because without a firewall, your computer is susceptible to unwanted inbound connections.

  8. Confirm your selections

    After you've chosen appropriate settings, click OK to confirm.

  9. Close Windows Firewall box

    Click the X button in the upper-right corner of the Windows Firewall box.

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