When trying to start the Windows Firewall service, then it might give one of the following errors:
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?
Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings.
The cause of these problems can either be that one is using Windows Live OneCare (Disables the Windows firewall service), or that the Windows Firewall service has a faulty configuration or the components it depends on are corrupt.
Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.
An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled. The dependency service or group failed to start.
Check that the following services are running properly, which the Windows Firewall depends upon:
- Application Layer Gateway Service
- Network Connections
- Network Location Awareness (NLA)
- Plug and Play
- Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
- Remote Access Connection Manager
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- More Info MS KB Q827328
If the Windows Firewall service still fails to start, then try to reinstall the Windows Firewall with this command (Followed by the command above to reset the configuration):
NETSH FIREWALL RESET
If the Windows Firewall service still fails to start, then try to repair the TCP/IP and Winsock interface with these commands:
Rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf
More Info MS KB Q920074
If the Windows Firewall service still fails to start, then try to repair the WMI Repository with this command:
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
More Info MS KB Q892199
rundll32 wbemupgd, UpgradeRepository
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Updated: 1 September 2007