4 ways to start the Windows Firewall

Windows offers a powerful built-in firewall application named Windows Firewall. In Windows 10 the name has been changed to Windows Defender Firewall, but it is the same app with almost the same features across all Windows versions. Checking on its status is a good idea, either to make sure it is running to protect your PC or to make sure it is stopped if you have a third-party solution installed. Whatever your reason is for checking on the Windows Firewall, let's see all the methods to open it so that you can choose the one that is handy for you:

NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?.

1. Start the Windows Firewall using the search

The easiest way to access Windows Firewall is to look for it using the search feature in Windows. Type "firewall" in the search box from your Windows PC, and click or tap the Windows Defender Firewall search result in Windows 10, or Windows Firewall in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Search and launch Window Firewall in Windows 10

2. Start the Windows Firewall using Control Panel

The Windows Firewall can be accessed from the Control Panel. Open the Control Panel and go to System and Security.

System and Security in Control Panel

Click or tap on Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 10, or Windows Firewall in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Open Windows Firewall in Control Panel

Alternatively, you can search for the text "firewall" in the Control Panel search box from the top-right corner.

In the list of search results, click or tap Windows Defender Firewall if you use Windows 10, or Windows Firewall if you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Search for the firewall in Control Panel

3. Start the Windows Firewall using the Run window

Press the Win + R keys on your keyboard, to open the Run window. Then, type "control firewall.cpl" in the Open field and hit Enter or press OK.

Open Windows Firewall using the Run window

You can also type "control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall" in the Open field to open Windows Firewall.

4. Start the Windows Firewall using Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you are a fan of the command line, you can use the Command Prompt or PowerShell to open the Windows Firewall. Type the same command as the one used in the Run window - "control firewall.cpl" - and hit Enter on the keyboard.

Open Windows Firewall from the command line

You can also use the command "control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall" for the same result.

How do you prefer to start the Windows Firewall?

You have learned four different ways to open the Windows Firewall. Before closing this tutorial, tell us whether you like using the Windows Firewall if you find it easy to open, and what you would like Microsoft to improve about it? Comment below and let's discuss.