We create Firewall Rules to allow a computer to send traffic to / receive traffic from, programs, system services, computers, or users. Firewall Rules are being used to specify the computers or users, program, service, or port and protocol. This article will show you that how to reset the Windows Firewall to default rules.

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Reset windows firewall rules to default

Why we need Windows Firewall rules?

Firewall Rules can be created for either inbound traffic or outbound traffic. Those rules created to take one of three actions for all connections that match the rule’s criteria:

• Allow the connection.
• Allow a connection only if it is secured through the use of Internet Protocol security (IPsec).
• Block the connection.

The built-in Windows firewall is an important part of our system security, but over time, more and more applications end up being allowed through the firewall. Luckily there’s an easy way to reset all the settings to default again.

Yes. It’s worth noting that contrary to popular opinion, you don’t really need to install a third-party firewall most of the time, as the built-in firewall is a lot more powerful than you might realize.

Reset Windows Firewall to Default

It could not be easier to reset the firewall rules to default; in fact, it’s so easy that it’s as if we hardly needed to write this article at all. Just open up the Windows Firewall by searching your Start Menu or screen for it (don’t choose the advanced firewall panel), open it up, and then click the Restore defaults item on the left side.

Reset Windows Firewall to Default Rules from the Command Prompt

Reset the firewall rules from the command prompt.

Search for command prompt in your Start menu, and then instead of hitting the Enter key, right-click on it and choose “Run as administrator” from the context menu.

Now that you’ve got the Administrator command prompt open, type in this command:

netsh advfirewall reset

You’ll see an “Ok.” when you are done.

Of course, if you really wanted to be slick you could type that command into the start menu search and then use CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to run it as administrator.

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