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Windows Firewall Won’t Turn Off in Windows 10

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I’m using a firewall instead of Windows firewall. I have Windows 10 Home 64bit. Everything is fine. The only problem I have is that Windows firewall won’t turn off. It turns on every time I try to turn it off. Sometimes it turns on when I turn the computer on again. I’ve already tried everything I could. I don’t really know what to do anymore.” – Herbert J., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows firewall is an important component of Windows. Most people don’t disable it since it allows almost all useful applications to run without issues. However, you can turn Windows firewall off if you want to use another firewall or no firewall at all.

Problem

The user wants to disable Windows Firewall in Windows 10.

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Solution

Here are some ways to disable Windows firewall both from the provided options and through the registry.

The Easy Way To Disable Windows Firewall in Windows 10

Pres the Windows Key and type firewall. Click Windows Firewall from the list of search results.

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Click the link labeled Turn Windows Firewall on or off from the left hand side as shown below.

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The Other Way To Disable Windows Firewall in Windows 10

Open the Registry editor in Windows 10, and manually edit a registry key to disable it in Windows 10.

Before we begin, I want to warn you that editing the registry can be potentially fatal for your Windows operating system. Everything is usually fine if you follow the steps exactly. But, not being able to do so can cause a lot of trouble. So, please read this article on how to use regedit safely.

Start Registry Editor, press Windows Key+R and type regedit. Press Enter. The Registry Editor window should appear.

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Go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MpsSvc\Start

Firewall - Registry Editor - Services MpsSvc Start - Windows 10 - Windows Wally

Double-click the Start key to change its value. 4 means disable. 2 means auto.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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