1. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Windows 10 Firewall will not turn on.

    I have a ZBOX, which came with Windows 7 installed. This was updated to Windows 10 a few weeks before the free offer ran out & was running fine.

    Recently, I started getting the error message that Windows Firewall wasn't running & to tap to start it. When I do so, I get told that "Security and Maintenance Can't Turn on Windows Firewall." When I click the link to turn it on manually, I get a window that tells me the "firewall is not using the recommended settings." When I click the "Use Recommended Settings" button, nothing happens. If I click the "View recommended Settings" link, nothing happens. If I go to the Turn Windows Firewall on, or off link, it takes me back to the "firewall is not using the recommended settings" thing.

    I have Googled & tried everything I can find online, including the following... Fix: Unable to Activate Firewall in Windows 10. I did discover that this problem has been a common one since Windows 8, but none of the fixes I've found work.
    I've even run ReImage, which I suspect you'll disapprove of, since it's a registry tweaker & they are so often more trouble than they're worth, but that made no difference.

    Today, to add to my joy, I discovered that serveral built in Windows apps, such as the calculator, no long run. I discovered how to re-install them through PowerShell, but guess what? Several couldn't be reinstalled because Windows Firewall wasn't running. ReImage did, however restore all of those.

    I have run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes, but neither of those, nor ReImage found any problems of that sort.

    My only other option, it seems, is to install a third party Firewall, which I'd rather not do.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,308
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    Have you opened Settings, typed Firewall, and used all the options as per attachment?
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  3. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    Yes, I get to the window in your screenshot, but in my case I have this message, as before...

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    If I click on the "Check Security Status option, it tells me the firewall is off, but as before, when I click to turn it on I get the following...

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    When I click on the "Turn on Windows Firewall manually link, it takes me to the same window.

    The only thing I haven't tried, because I am reluctant to end up needing to reinstall all my apps, is to reset Windows. I'd rather like some assurance that the problem won't reoccur before I go that far.
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