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    Very strange Windows Firewall Behavior

    I am running W7 Pro on one laptop and W7 Home on another. I recently installed an Epson XP-400 wireless printer on my network.

    Itís working beautifully. I can access it from all of my computers.

    On both laptops, I use NIS (Norton Internet Security; it includes a firewall). The Windows Firewall is supposedly turned off. In fact, when I access it via Control Panel, it says that NIS is handling those functions.

    But I am getting a strange issue with my W7-Pro laptop. Every time I boot up, I get a warning from the Windows Firewall, saying it is blocking a certain Epson program. I always have to click ďallow access.Ē All will then work fine, until I shut down and boot up again.

    I see no way to set the Windows Firewall to accept the program, as that apparent choice does not respond to my mouse click. More importantly, the Windows Firewall should not be doing anything as I am using NIS. Any suggestions?

    Mel

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    Even with a third party firewall installed the Windows firewall is still active during the boot process until network initialization is complete and the third party firewall requests to take over the firewall function. When a third party program is installed it can register which functions the third party program supports. The Windows firewall will remain active to perform those which the third party program does not support. See Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Getting Started Guide or Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Technical Reference.

    Joe

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    Joe:

    Thanks for that informative response. At least it explains what's happening. BUT THE PROBLEM DISAPPEARED. I'm not sure why. Maybe it finally registered for Windows Firewall to ignore the problem?

    Mel

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    Could be. Or the Epson program is not being run at boot - perhaps it is a timed thing to check for updates. Anyway, glad it is gone for now.

    Joe

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