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How to Disable Firewall in Windows 11

In certain situations you may need to disable firewall in Windows 11, e.g. to troubleshoot a network connectivity for some local or remote service or app. For that task, the operating system offers a number of options,including the GUI and a few console commands. There's also the ability to disable firewall with Group Policy.

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Since Windows XP SP1 days, Microsoft Windows includes a built-in firewall. In Windows 11, it is part of the Windows Security app, and is called Microsoft Defender Firewall.

The Defender Firewall provides essential filtering options. It is based on three profiles, each of those match the network type. Using them, you can allow or deny specific network services to work in Private, Public and Domain networks.

For quick tasks, like enabling or disabling the firewall, or configuring basic rules, Windows Security includes a simple user interface. Also, for advanced user who need more advanced filtering rules, there is the "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" snap-in. Finally, there are Group Policy options to change some of the firewall settings.

Disable Firewall in Windows 11

There are five methods to turn off Defender Firewall in Windows 11. You can use Windows Security, the classic Control Panel, the command prompt, PowerShell, Group Policy and its corresponding Registry tweak. In this post, we will review all these methods in detail.

Disable Firewall using Windows Security

  1. Click the Windows Security icon in the right taskbar corner.Click Windows Security Tray Icon
  2. In its user interface, click the Firewall & network protection section.click Firewall & network protection
  3. On the next page, click on the Domain network, Private network, or Public network location type for which you want to disable firewall. Your current network location type has the (active) name addition.Click Network location type
  4. Finally, click on the Microsoft Defender Firewall toggle option and confirm the UAC prompt.Windows 11 Disable Firewall
  5. Repeat the steps 3-4 for each of the network profiles you want to disable firewall for.Confirm the UAC prompt

The firewall in Windows 11 is now disabled. You can re-enable it at any moment later by using the same option in Windows Security.

Alternatively, you can use the classic Control Panel. It still retains the options to turn off and on the Windows Firewall.

Turn off Defender Firewall in Control Panel

  1. Press Win + R on the keyboard and type control in the Run box; hit Enter to open the Control Panel.
  2. Switch from the Category view to either Large icons or Small icons, and click the Windows Defender Firewall icon.Click the the Windows Defender Firewall icon
  3. Now, on the left, click the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off link.the 'Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off' link
  4. Finally, expand the needed profile, e.g.  Private networkPublic network, or the Domain network (where available), and select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall.Disable Firewall in Windows 11 Control Panel
  5. Click the OK button to apply the change.

You are done! You can re-enable it at any moment later by selecting the Turn on Windows Defender Firewall option.

In addition to the two above options, there are console tools to manage the firewall feature on Windows 11. You can use netsh, and a couple of PowerShell commands.

Turn off Windows Firewall from the Command Prompt

To disable the firewall in Windows 11 from the command prompt, do the following.

  1. Press Win + X and select Windows Terminal (Admin).open terminal as administrator
  2. If not already, switch it to the Command Prompt from the menu or with the Ctrl + Shift + 2 shortcut.Select the command prompt
  3. Now, type one of the following commands, depending on your network connection type.

For all network profiles

  1. Type and run the netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off​ command to disable firewall for all network types at once.Disable Firewall in Windows 11 command prompt
  2. The opposite command to re-enable it is netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on​.reenable firewall for all profiles

For the current network profile

  1. You can use this command to disable it for the active network profile: netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state off​.turn off firewall for current network profile
  2. The undo command is netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state on​.turn on firewall for the current profile

Disable firewall for Private Network

To disable firewall for the private network profile, run the netsh advfirewall set privateprofile state off​ command.disable firewall for private networks

To enable firewall, run the command netsh advfirewall set privateprofile state on​.enable disable firewall for private networks

Turn off firewall for Public Network

To disable firewall for a public network, run the netsh advfirewall set publicprofile state off​ command.Disable Firewall for public networks

The undo command to enable firewall is netsh advfirewall set publicprofile state on​.Firewall for public networks

Commands for Domain Network

Finally, if your PC is in a domain, you can use the following commands for the domain network profile.

  • netsh advfirewall set domainprofile state off​ (turn off firewall)
  • netsh advfirewall set domainprofile state on​ (turn on firewall)

Finally, PowerShell in Windows 11 including a few commands to disable the Defender Firewall. If you prefer PowerShell for system maintenance, here are the cmdlets you can use.

Turn off Defender Firewall in Windows 11 using PowerShell

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Windows Terminal (Admin).
  2. Make sure it opens in PowerShell; otherwise, switch to it (Ctrl + Shift + 1).
  3. To disable firewall in Windows 11 for all profiles, run the command Set-NetFirewallProfile -Enabled False. The undo command is Set-NetFirewallProfile -Enabled True.Windows 11 Disable Firewall with PowerShell
  4. To turn off firewall for a specific network profile type, run the command Set-NetFirewallProfile -Profile <NetworkProfileType> -Enabled False. Substitute  <NetworkProfileType> with one of the following values:
    • Private - to disable it for the private network profile.
    • Public - disable firewall for the Public network.
    • Domain - disable firewall for the domain network if your PC is in a domain.
  5. Similarly, the undo command is Set-NetFirewallProfile -Profile <NetworkProfileType> -Enabled True​.Enable firewall from PowerShell

Now, let's review how to disable Microsoft Defender Firewall with Group Policy. The key difference of this method is that it works as a restriction. Once you configure the Group Policy, users will no longer able to manually disable or enable the firewall until you turn off the policy.

Users of Windows 11 Pro, Education and Enterprise editions can use the Local Group Policy Editor app. While the app is not available in Windows 11 Home, you can can apply a Registry tweak in any edition of the OS. The tweak does the same as Group Policy.

Disable Firewall in Windows 11 with Group Policy

  1. Press Win + R and type gpedit.msc in the Run box to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. On the left, go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Network>Network Connections>Windows Defender Firewall>Standard Profile.
  3. In the right pane, double-click the policy named Windows Defender Firewall: Protect all network connections.Group policy > Windows Defender Firewall: Protect all network connections
  4. Select Disabled to turn off the firewall for all private and public network profiles. Click on Apply and OK.Windows 11 Disable Firewall in Group Policy
  5. To disable firewall for a domain network profile, open Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Network>Network Connections>Windows Defender Firewall>Domain Profile​.Domain Profile​
  6. Similarly, double -click the Windows Defender Firewall: Protect all network connections option and set it to Disabled.

You are done! You just disabled Windows 11 Firewall, so users of the computers won't be able to re-enable it. The appropriate options in Windows Security and Control Panel will be grayed out.

To undo the restriction, set the Windows Defender Firewall: Protect all network connections policy to Not configured under the Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Network>Network Connections>Windows Defender Firewall section under both Standard Profile and Domain Profile folders.

Finally, let's review the last option, which is the Registry tweak. It is a working alternative to the missing Group Policy Editor app in Windows 11 Home.

Registry Tweak to Disable Firewall in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + R and type regedit, then press Enter to launch the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft key. You can simply copy this path and paste it to the regedit's address bar.
  3. Right-click the Microsoft key and select new > key from the menu. Name it as WindowsFirewall.Create new key WindowsFirewall
  4. Now, right-click WindowsFirewall and create a new key named StandardProfile.Create the StandardProfile key
  5. Finally, right-click StandardProfile and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.Create New Dword Value
  6. Rename the new value to EnableFirewall and leave its value data as 0 (zero).Disable Firewall in Registry on Windows 11

Done! This will disable Firewall for both public and private networks.

If you need to disable it for the domain profile, you need to create the same DWORD value but under a different location.

Turn off firewall for a domain connection in the Registry

  1. To disable firewall for a domain connection, right-click the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall section and select New > Key.
  2. Name the new key as DomainProfile.
  3. To the right of the DomainProfile key, right-click the empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the new value as EnableFirewall and leave its value data as 0 (zero).

Done! You may need to restart Windows 11 to fully disable firewall and apply the policies.

To save your time, I have prepared ready-to-use Registry files.

Download REG Files

Click here to download the REG files in a ZIP archive. Extract it to any folder of your choice.

Now, double-click on of the following files to disable Windows Firewall.

  • Disable Firewall for Private and Public networks.reg - disables firewall for both public and private connections.
  • Disable Firewall for Domain networks.reg - the same for computers connected to a domain.
  • Enable Firewall - restore defaults.reg - this one is the undo tweak.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “How to Disable Firewall in Windows 11”

  1. I always have Windows Firewall off. I’m running a firewall from simplewall instead. I like it when it’s two-way, out/in. I have more control over what goes in and out of the computer. My router also has a firewall. I have a cheap MikroTik hEX S. It does the job! I have 500/500 and it can do it without any problems. I had an ER-X SFP before.

    ER-X SFP:
    https://i.imgur.com/cJ50mMa.jpg

    MikroTik hEX S:
    https://i.imgur.com/PrhPNQm.jpg

    I’m happy with that! I have an AP from MikroTik also for Wi-Fi. Also a 10GbE switch from MikroTik. They make cheap and good hardware!

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