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Keeping Windows 8.1 Safe and Secure

Restoring the Windows Firewall default settings

If you have used this tool for a long time and you have made many changes to its settings, the chances are good that some things might stop working. In such cases, it is best to reset all rules to the default settings and values created by Microsoft. Then, you can start from the beginning, defining the rules that you want to apply to your apps so that everything works as it should.

In this exercise, you’ll learn how to restore the default settings of Windows Firewall.

  1. In the left column, click Restore Defaults.

    The Restore Defaults window opens.

  2. Read the information shown and then click Restore Defaults.

    You are asked to confirm your choice.

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  3. Click Yes.

    You are returned to the Windows Firewall window.

All the Windows Firewall settings you created are deleted. Everything is now reset to the initial settings and values as they were when Windows 8.1 was installed on your computer.