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To edit local Group Policy settings for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, use the Local Computer Policy snap-in. To open the local Computer Policy snap-in, type secpol at the command prompt. If the User Account Control
dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue
. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to configure the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security policy
To enable ICMP Echo Request for ICMPv4 and ICMPv6.
1. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in, click Inbound Rules
in the tree, and click New Rule
in the Actions
2. Click Custom
and click Next
3. Click All programs
and click Next
4. For Protocol type
, select ICMPv4
5. Click Customize
for Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
6. Click Echo Request
, click OK
, and then click Next
7. Under Which local IP address does this rule match?
and for Which remote IP address does this rule match
click either Any IP address
or These IP Addresses
. If you click These IP addresses
, specify the IP addresses and click Add
, then click Next
8. Click Allow the connection
, and then click Next
9. Under When does this rule apply?
, click the active profile, any or all profiles (Domain, Private, Public) to which you want this rule to apply, and then click Next
10. For Name
type a name for this rule and for Description
an optional description. Click Finish
11. Repeat steps for ICMPv6, selecting ICMPv6
for Protocol Type
instead of ICMPv4.
Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
- I followed the instructions above to make Vista pingable. My firewall now allows this app. thru. After rebooting and running the Tweak Test I still get the make pingable message.
- how do i become pingable with windows 7 firewall
2010-09-06 04:44:58 (alt1231 )
- okay, let me get this straight.. is your internet connection feeding only off the modem or modem/router? im running modem/router because i have multiple network connections. im running vista 64 and i did everything by this tut and how tgwombat posted, and no luck. figuring my router is causing me to be unpingable
2009-08-17 15:02:46 (vbrsm )
- I had a little trouble getting to "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security"; here's how I finally did it:
Method 1: RMB on Start button, "Properties", "Start Menu" tab, "Classic Start Menu" radio button, "Customize" button, "Display Administrative Tools" checkbox, "Ok" button. Now go to Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security"
Method 2: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall -> Change Settings -> ("Continue" if prompted) -> "Advanced" tab -> "Where can I find ICMP and logging settings?" link -> "What happened to the ICMP and logging settings in Windows Firewall?" link -> "Click to open Administrative Tools" link -> "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security"
2009-08-08 22:03:36 (Lulu58e2 )
- jinhuang1980: I had to go Start -> Programs -> Accessories, then RMB (right mouse button) on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as Administrator"; After that I ran the command and it returned "Ok". The line test still says I'm not ping-able though.
2009-08-08 21:47:37 (Lulu58e2 )
- tgwombat....i tried what you said to do but it gave me this message..."the requested operation requires elevation" not sure what this means.
2009-05-09 20:03:44 (jinhuang1980 )
- Windows VISTA: First, be sure you are using WINDOWS security/firewall, and not Norton or some other one that often gets shipped with your computer. Then, in Windows Vista, open Windows Security Center (should be a "shield" shaped shortcut on the lower right side of your desktop toolbar--right-click to open); then click on "Windows Firewall" on the left side of the menu. Click on the "Change Settings" underlined link in the center-right of the window (next to the multi-colored shield icon). Click on the "Advanced" tab. If you basically have no options to change anything there, it means you are NOT signed on as System Administrator. At the bottom of the window, click on the underlined link that says "Where can I find ICMP and logging settings?".
This will open a Windows Help and Support menu, where you can click on the underlined link question "How do I view and edit all firewall properties?". Just follow the instructions there. NOTE, however, that you MUST have System Administrator privlidges!
2009-03-01 20:37:47 (SgtFury )
- i tryed this to make the smoke ping work in windows vista (hmm home i guess) but it still says : sorry, 220.127.116.11 is not pingable from www.dslreports.com.
Please disable firewall ping protection. See this FAQ section for more information.
could you please mail me @ email@example.com for help and/or feddback on this issue
- tgwombat gave the correct solution, simpler is better...more work/play less talk. Dont be afraid of the command prompt
2009-01-13 18:10:30 (spazo )
- Works for me under Vista 64bit Ultimate.
If you do the test on a different day, you have to delete the previous entries and re do them. Good luck to all.
2009-01-10 02:14:30 (papi4baby )
- If you bring up the command prompt as an administrator and enter "netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 enable" without the quotation marks it will enable ICMP Echo Request. Much simpler than this whole process.
2008-12-26 04:17:52 (tgwombat )
- These instructions do not apply to move Vista users since secpol.msc is not available in Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, or Windows Vista Home Premium (see technet article below). So how does one do this with one of these more common versions of Vista?
2008-12-07 14:55:24 (gimpster )
- OK, I followed all the instruction for Vista Windows Firewall with advanced security the line quality test still says not pingable.
2008-06-04 13:54:12 (airedale )
- "How do I become pingable with the Vista firewall? (#15764)" says:
"Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to configure the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security policy" (sic)
No need to navigate. Just expand the "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" in the left pane.
Also this: it says:
"1. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in, click Inbound Rules in the tree, and click New Rule in the Actions Pane."
There is no actions pane. "New Rule" is located in the Action menu, not pane.
Must also cancel any highlighting of any rule (if applicable) to see the "New Rule", or else it will not appear but "Disable Rule" appears instead.
2008-01-17 23:39:57 (Mdoc )