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Cannot access Windows Firewall

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Cannot access Windows Firewall

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I need to check if the windows firewall has been reactivated somehow,however,when I click on the icon to launch windows firewall I get the following message:

"Windows firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running.Do you want to start the windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS) service?"

Option Yes/No.

If I clicked on "yes",another message pops up saying:

"Windows cannot start the windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS) service."

Okay, so lets start this service. I right click on My Computer/Manage/Services and Applications/Services. Scroll down to Windows firewall/internet connections sharing (ICS)/Properties. Looked at service statue and its stopped, so I assume this needs to be started,so I click on start.However,message:

"Could not start the windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS) service on local computer. Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."

What else can I do to gain access to windows firewall?