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

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 10 operating system has 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 Linksys 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.

Click on your Windows OS below to learn how:

Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1

Windows 10

Step 1:
Press the Windows User-added image key on your keyboard and then type “control panel”.

QUICK TIP:  You can right-click on the Start User-added image button and select Control Panel.

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Step 2:
Click Control Panel.

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Step 3:
Click Windows Firewall.

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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.

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Your Windows 10 operating system’s built-in firewall should now be disabled.
 
Step 1:
Press the Windows  key on your keyboard and then type “control panel”

QUICK TIP:  You can right-click on the Start  button and select Control Panel.
 
 
 
Step 2:
Click Control Panel.
 
 
Step 3:
Click Windows Firewall.
 
 
 
Step 4:
Click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off option.
 
 
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 or 8.1 operating system’s built-in firewall should now be disabled.
 
Select from the links below if you have an older version of a Windows operating system:
 

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