How to Disable a Windows Firewall With Gpedit

By Chris Hoffman

Windows includes an integrated firewall that blocks incoming network traffic by default. The Windows firewall can be disabled completely if you want to use a third-party firewall or want Windows computers on an internal network to accept all traffic. One method for disabling the Windows firewall is by using gpedit, the group-policy editor. System administrators use group policy to lock down and configure Windows installations, often through a central group policy server. The group policy editor is an advanced feature, so it isn't available on home editions of Windows.

Step 1

Open the group-policy editor by clicking "Start," typing "gpedit.msc" into the search box in the start menu and pressing "Enter."

Step 2

Expand the "Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Connections\Windows Firewall" folders by clicking the arrow to the left of each folder.

Step 3

Select the "Standard Profile" folder under the Windows Firewall folder.

Step 4

Double-click "Windows Firewall: Protect All Network Connections" in the right pane of the group-policy editor window.

Step 5

Click "Disabled" and "OK."

Step 6

Select the "Domain Profile" folder under the Windows Firewall folder in the left pane.

Step 7

Double-click "Windows Firewall: Protect All Network Connections" in the right pane,

Step 8

Click "Disabled" and "OK."