Windows 10 Firewall disabled but still blocking apps [SOLVED]

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The Windows Defender Firewall in Win 10 monitors network traffic and blocks unpermitted programs connecting with the internet. Thus, some users might need to occasionally turn off the Windows Firewall; or at least configure the firewall’s settings to enable certain programs through it. However, some users have said that Windows 10 Firewall is disabled but still blocking programs.

How do I stop Firewall from blocking programs in Windows 10?

1. Turn Off the Firewall via the Advanced Security Window

  1. To ensure the Windows Defender Firewall is off for all network profiles, try turning it off via the Advanced Security instead. Open the Win 10 search box with the Windows key + S hotkey.
  2. Then enter the keyword ‘advanced security’ in the Type here to search box.
  3. Click Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security to open the window shown directly below.Advanced Security window windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  4. That window might show some users that the Windows Defender Firewall is, in fact, still on for one network profile. Click Windows Defender Firewall Properties to open the window shown directly below.Firewall state option windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  5. Then select Off on the Firewall state drop-down menus for the Public, Private, and Domain Profile tabs.
  6. Select the Apply option to apply the settings.
  7. Then click OK to exit the window.

Learn more about Windows Firewall restraining apps and how to unblock them by reading this guide.

2. Adjust the Network Location Awareness Startup Type Setting

  1. Adjusting the Network Location Awareness Startup type setting to Automatic (Delayed Start) might fix a turned off firewall still blocking programs for business network users. To do that, press the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Select Run to launch that accessory.
  3. Input ‘services.msc’ in Run and click OK to open the window in the shot directly below.The Services window windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  4. Double-click Network Location Awareness to open the properties window for that service.Network Location Awareness service windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  5. Select Automatic (Delayed Start) on the Startup type drop-down menu.
  6. Click the Apply and OK options. That will ensure the NLA service has more time to correctly authenticate the domain so that it doesn’t wrongly identify it as a public network with a firewall enabled by default.

3. Turn Off Third-Party Antivirus Utilities

  1. Users who utilize third-party antivirus software may need to turn off those utilities’ firewalls, which might be the ones blocking programs. To disable a third-party antivirus utility, right-click its system tray icon to select turn off or disable context menu option.
  2. Alternatively, users can clean boot Win 10 to ensure that no third-party antivirus utilities, or other programs that might have firewalls, start with Windows. To do that, enter ‘msconfig’ in Run and click OK.
  3. Click Selective Startup, on the General tab, and deselect the Load startup items check box.System Configuration windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  4. Check the Use original boot configuration and Load system services checkboxes.
  5. Select the Services tab, and select the Hide all Microsoft services option.The Services tab windows 10 firewall disabled but still blocking
  6. Select the Disable all option to remove superfluous third-party services from the system startup.
  7. Click the Apply and OK.
  8. Then press the Restart button on the dialog box that pops up.


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To explain my issue in detail, I have a 2014 Dell inspiron originally with windows 7, now upgraded to windows 10. I am trying to run an audio program that will need access to my udp port 6000,6001 and tcp port 80 in order for it to work smoothly. I have set the correct ports in my router as well as the correct ip reservation but it still shows as unavailable. When I came across this article it helped a lot because I followed the steps from 1 to 3 and number 3 definitely showed some progress already having tried step 1 and 2. The only thing is when I disable the services, the program that I want ro run does not open so I end up restarting the laptop then enable the services and thats when the PORTs finally open up for me. Everything was good until I end up restarting, then they show as unavailable again. I’m going to be helping others with a similar issue and I’m sure they don’t want to keep disabling and enabling the services just to run the program. Any suggestions would be very much. appreciated.