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    Windows XP cannot display Firewall settings

    My laptop running on Windows XP keep showing the message “due to an unidentified problem, windows cannot display firewall settings”. The system has both Windows Media Center and SP3. What steps should I take to get rid of this issue?

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    heemanshubhalla Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Windows XP cannot display Firewall settings

    If this is what you get:
    "Due to an unidentified problem, windows cannot display the windows firewall settings"
    try this:

    To fix this problem, two dlls need to be re-registered:

    METHOD 1

    1. Click Start
    2. click Run,
    3. Then type

    regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\atl.dll

    4. and hit OK

    METHOD 2

    1. Click Start
    2. click Run,
    3. Then type

    regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\hnetcfg.dll

    4. and hit OK

    and Hit OK

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    anuj patel Array
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    Re: Windows XP cannot display Firewall settings

    Dear friend...

    here you can find cause and its solution,,,

    Case 1
    : This happens due to missing or corrupt SharedAccess registry key, which represents the Windows Firewall Service. This usually occurs if your system is infested with Virus or other Malware, or in the aftermath of Virus removal. In conjunction with the solution provided in the article, it's advisable to run a thorough cleanup of the system.

    Case 2: You have Windows Live OneCare installed. Windows Live OneCare has its own Firewall which monitors both inbound and outbound connections. Because two firewalls should not be turned on at the same time, Windows Live OneCare turns off Windows Firewall if the latter is running. [More info]. Therefore, Windows Live OneCare users can safely ignore the error message concerning Windows Firewall.


    Solution for Case 1:

    Download sharedaccess.reg (only for Windows XP systems with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 applied) and save to Desktop. Then double-click the file to merge the contents to the registry. The Services entry will be created. Restart Windows (mandatory step, otherwise the following NETSH command might display an error).

    After restarting Windows, execute the following command via Start, Run dialog:


    Launch firewall applet from Control Panel, and see if you're able to configure the Windows Firewall settings.

    If the above steps do not help, as a last resort solution (before attempting to reinstall the Service Pack), give the following commands a try:

    Click Start, Run and type:

    rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf

    The above command repaired most of the Windows Firewall settings when I tested. After running the above command, restart Windows and then run the following:


    Attempt to start Firewall applet. Start the Windows Firewall service when prompted.

    hope this will help you
    thank you

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