How To Disable Firewall On Windows Xp

There may be a reason you need to disable the firewall on Xp. This could be because you need to have someone remotely connect to your pc with software such as vnc, or other remote viewing software, of if you wish to install your own firewall software

Steps to disable firewall on Windows Xp Sp2

Steps to disable firewall on Windows Xp pre Sp2

What is the Windows XP firewall?

The firewall acts as a barrier to traffic coming from the Internet. If someone tries to connect to your computer you get what is called an "unsolicited request." this request will be blocked by the Windows Firewall. If you run a program such as a networked game windows firewall will ask you whether you want to unblock access for this application. If you do unblock it then the game can then communicate with the Internet. This is kept in the firewall in the form of an exception list, that way you do not get bothered every single time you run the applications.

Although it is possible to run your machine with Windows firewall disabled it is not advisable to run it in this mode long term as it can increase the likelihood that your machine is compromised via malware, it is safe to disable Windows Firewall if you have another security package which also contains a Firewall in which case the Windows one becomes redundant, and also they may conflict if both are turned on at the same time.