Windows® XP® firewall settings
Do you want to configure and reset the firewall settings in your Windows XP computer?
Windows XP is an operating system released by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including business and home desktops, media centers and laptops. Windows XP was initially released in August 2001, and it is the most popular version of Windows. The name XP is given in short for eXPerience. Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 and Windows Me, and is the first consumer oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel and architecture. Windows Firewall is a software component of Microsoft Windows XP which helps in providing Firewall and packet filtering functions. Firewall was first included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
The following points discuss the need to configure and reset Firewall settings in Windows XP:
- Windows XP Firewall
- Need to configure and reset
- Tips to configure
Windows XP Firewall
Windows Firewall is a new and advanced feature of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) which is enabled by default. The Firewall helps in monitoring and restricting the information which travels between your system and a network such as your Internet. The Windows Firewall helps in providing a perfect line of defense against someone who might try to gain access your system over a network without your permission. Firewall also helps to block malicious software and also provides a means to log security events.
Need to configure and reset
You need to configure your Firewall to enable the protection and security in your Windows XP based computer. Windows Firewall helps you to protect your computer by blocking unsolicited traffic. Configuring your Firewall blocks the unsolicited traffic and attempts to communicate with your computer over a network connection that was not specifically requested by the programs running on your computer. If you have any issues in Firewall settings you can reset them. You may also need to reset the Firewall if you need to access websites that you feel trusted, but not allowed by your firewall. You can reset the firewall and add such websites to your exceptions list.
Configuring the Firewall in your Windows XP based computer is very simple and you can do it on your own. You can directly go to 'Start' menu, there open 'Run,' and in the command window enter 'Firewall.cpl.' Click 'Ok' and then you can make necessary configuration on the Firewall window that opens. You are also allowed to access the Firewall from 'Start,' 'Control panel,' 'Security Settings,' and then the 'Windows Firewall.'