How To Create Exceptions(Allow Programs And Ports) In Windows 7 / Vista Firewall

The Windows 7 and Vista firewall blocks most of the ports and software from getting into your computer. There are a number of new features which make it a much more reliable solution which offers a decent protection level but sometimes you need to allow access to a port or program. While some exceptions are set up automatically by Windows 7 and Vista, others have to be configured manually, this guide will show you how to open a port or let a certain program through the firewall.

Allow A Program

First, click Start and enter the Control Panel

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In the Control Panel window, click on Allow a program through Windows Firewall. This will take you to the Windows Firewall Settings window.

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Now from here, go to the Exceptions tab.

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As you can see in the above screenshot, here you will have a long list with all the defined exceptions. The ones which are checked are active exceptions. If you want to know more about a defined exception, select the particular exception and then click on Properties.

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To add an exception, locate the program from the list, highlight it and click OK.

Allow A Port

Many times a port is not listed under Program or Port in the Windows Firewall Settings box. To open a Port, Click on the Add port option in Exception tab of Windows Firewall.

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Now type a name for the port that will be easily understood later and then type the port number. Afterwards, select the appropriate protocol and click on OK.

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  • smh

    This information is NOT correct for Win7.

  • sml156

    Not shure if that's Vista those pictures are from but in my version of Windows 7 Ultimate you go to control pannel then system and security then click on Windows frirewall . Or if you go to Start then in the search box type in either “allow” or “security” even if you type in “program” you will find allow a “program through windows firewall”

    • Sigita

      I can say that it’s not precise but if you spend some time and use HELP to find appropriate tabs, finally everything starts working. I would say THANKS for the idea how to fix the problem, though it is not 100% precise.

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  • Hiren

    Windows 7 Home premium is allowing to run exe with above settings.

  • Hiren

    Tried with Windows 7 professional to run exe with above settings but no joy

  • thebug

    didn’t work

  • Ken Pierce

    Need to open a port, rather than allow a program, in Windows 7, and don’t see a way to do it…this post appears to be Vista-specific and should not be titled “Windows 7/Vista”