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XP Firewall/ICS service will not start

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XP Firewall/ICS service will not start

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I have noticed that the Windows firewall is no loger active due to the following service not running.How do i fix this?
MESSAGE:
1.Windows firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running.

2. When I try to restart the Windows firewall/Internet connection sharing (ICS) service, I get the following msg:
Windows firewall/Internet connection sharing (ICS) service cannot start. The service terminated with the following error:
An address incompatible with the requested protocol was used.

HELP!