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Disabling the firewall on a Windows Vista computer

Windows Vista has a built-in firewall that provides security by limiting or preventing access to your computer from the Internet.  Sometimes, software firewalls like the one included in Windows Vista conflicts with the built-in hardware firewall in Linksys routers.  In such cases, we have to disable the built-in firewall in Windows Vista. 

NOTE:  Disabling the Windows Firewall should only be done temporarily to allow downloads or hardware installation on your network.  Changes within the network may require you to re-enable Windows Firewall for your computer’s protection.
QUICK TIP:  If you’re using a third-party firewall, contact the developer of the firewall and ask for assistance on how to disable it. 
Disabling Windows Vista’s Built-in Firewall
Step 1:

Step 1:
Click the Pearl button located at the bottom -left of the screen, and enter “windows firewall” on the Start Search field.             Click the Pearl button located at the bottom-left of the screen, and enter “windows firewall” on the Start Search field.

             Step 2:             
             Under Programs, select Windows Firewall.

NOTE:  If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

Step 3:
When the Windows Firewall window appears, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off.

Step 4:
When the Windows Firewall Settings window appears, select Off then click OK.

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