Today we will see how you can disable the Windows 10 firewall, either temporarily or forever, a handy resource if you have connectivity problems.
Windows firewall is additional protection for the inbound and outbound data from your PC to the network, so it is not advisable to disable it as a rule, but only as an exceptional temporary measure for the diagnosis or solution of a connection problem.
Disable Windows 10 Firewall
To disable the Windows 10 firewall, you need to go to the Windows Defender Security Center. You can open the start menu and type its name, but it is faster to click its shield icon in the notification area, next to the clock.
The Windows Defender Security Center includes all the security, performance, and built-in antivirus options of the operating system. At this moment we are only interested in deactivating the firewall, so click on Firewall and network protection.
The Windows 10 firewall can be activated and deactivated separately in three types of networks:
- Domain networks (most common in a work environment)
- Private networks (for example, in your home)
- Public networks (systems without a password in one) cafeteria and similar).
Windows tells you what type of network you are currently connected to with the (active) code, but if you want to disable the firewall in all of them, you must do it one by one. First, click on Domain Network.
Once in Domain Network, click on the switch to deactivate Windows Firewall. Remember that you have only disabled it in this type of networks and that you must repeat the process in the rest. To do this, click on the arrow to return to the previous window.
The firewall configuration window will look a bit different now, as there is a new button urging you to activate the firewall on the types of networks you have already disabled. Neither case, now it’s up to the private network, which is usually the type of network you’ll be connected to when you’re at home.
The modus operandi is the same as under the Windows Defender Firewall section, disable the switch to deactivate the Windows firewall.
You will receive a warning window trying to dissuade you. Click on the arrow to return to the configuration window for the last time.
The last type of network in which we need to deactivate the Windows firewall is in public networks, that is, those in which there is no encryption. You should not disable the firewall in this type of networks unless you are sure of what you are doing because it could leave your PC exposed to hackers.
You only need to deactivate the last switch on the Windows firewall to disconnect the firewall also in public networks. The effect is immediate, and from that moment the Windows Defender icon in the Windows notification area will show a symbol indicating that “something is wrong”.
Reactivate Windows Firewall
If you change your mind, or if you have already finished diagnosing your network, re-activating the Windows firewall is very easy.
Instead of having to go to each section and activate it, you only have to click on Restore configuration so that Windows restores the firewall in the type of network to which you are currently connected.
For the other networks, you can press Activate to activate it also, from the Windows Defender Security Center window.