Disabling the Windows Firewall in the Control Panel is a relatively easy process that only takes a few minutes.
1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
2. On the Control Panel home screen, select System and Security.
3. Select Windows Firewall.
4. On the left side of the Windows Firewall window, click on the Turn Windows Firewall on or off link to open the Firewall Settings window.
5. From the Windows Firewall Settings window, select the check boxes next to both the “Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)” options at the top of the page for Private and Public networks.
6. Select OK to save the changes and exit the Windows Firewall Settings window.
7. A confirmation dialog box will appear, informing you that Windows Firewall has been successfully turned off. Click on the OK button to confirm the change and close the dialog box.
8. Finally, the Security Center window will appear, informing you that Windows Firewall is not protecting your computer. Click on the Close button to exit the Security Center window.
Your Windows Firewall is now disabled in the Control Panel and will no longer be providing protection against malicious software and other threats. It is important to keep in mind that disabling the Firewall leaves your computer vulnerable to attacks and should only be done if absolutely necessary. When disabling the Firewall, you should also consider using an alternative security measure such as a third-party firewall or antivirus program in order to remain secure.