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Disabling the computer's firewall on a Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 computer

firewall is a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while allowing authorized communications.
 
The Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems have a built-in firewall that provides security by limiting or preventing unauthorized access to your computer from the Internet.  Sometimes a software firewall conflicts with the built-in hardware firewall of the Belkin router; which is why there are instances when you have to disable it.
 
NOTE:  Disabling the Windows Firewall should only be done temporarily to allow downloads or hardware installation on your computer.  Changes within the network may require you to re-enable Windows Firewall for your computer’s protection.

Select your computer's operating system (OS) below to learn how to add network profiles manually. 

Windows 10
Windows 8/ 8.1


Windows 10

 
Step 1:
Right-click the Start button and select Control Panel.

 
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Step 2:
In the Control Panel, select Windows Firewall

NOTE:  If your Control Panel is on Category view, switch it to Small icons to display the Network and Sharing Center option.
 
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Step 3:
Click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off option.
 
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Step 4:
On the Customize Settings for each network window, click the Turn off Windows Firewall radio buttons both under the Private network settings and Public network settings.  Click OK.
 
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Your Windows 10 operating system’s built-in firewall should now be disabled.

Windows 8/ 8.1

 
Step 1:
Press the Windows User-added image key on your keyboard and then enter “control panel”.
 
NOTE:  A search box will appear on the right side of the screen.
 
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Step 2:
Click Control Panel to display all of the contents.
 
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Step 3:
Click Windows Firewall.
 
Step 4:
Click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off option.
 
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Step 5:
On the Customize Settings window, click the Turn off Windows Firewall radio buttons both under the Private network settings and Public network settings.  Click OK.
 
Your Windows 8/8.1 operating system’s built-in firewall should now be disabled.


Related Article:
 
Disabling the firewall on a Windows 7 computer

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