Disabling the Windows XP Firewall nag

It may sound like backwards logic to disable a nag in Windows XP that notifies you that your computer might be at risk. However, if you're using a hardware firewall on your network, there's no reason why you shouldn't disable the pesky Firewall nag.

If you've disabled Windows XP Professional's built-in Firewall because you're using a hardware firewall on your network, you're probably sick of seeing a balloon pop-up display from the taskbar's notification area reminding you that your computer might be at risk. Fortunately, you can disable the Windows Firewall nag in four simple steps.

Here's how:

  1. When you see the balloon pop-up, click the balloon or the red shield icon in the system notification area of the taskbar.
  2. When the Windows Security Center opens, click the Recommendations button in the Firewall section.
  3. In the Recommendations dialog box, select the I Have A Firewall Solution That I'll Monitor Myself check box and click OK.
  4. When you return to the Windows Security Center, you'll see that the Firewall section is now marked as Not Monitored and you can close the window.

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About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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