How To Disable Windows 2008 Firewall Without RDP Disconnecting

If you turn off the windowd firewall through services it will stop all connections and you will lose your RDP connection. Not good if your working on a server remotely.

If you need to turn off the firewall you may do this in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (wf.msc) by setting the state to Off for all three profiles (or only certain profiles), or via administrator command prompt:

netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off


Fix – Network policy settings prevent you from using this website – Windows Update

Even though no group policy was in affect I ran accross this on one of my domain computers.

A simple registry edit and it fixed the problem.
Do a registry search using regedit.exe, be sure to have “My Computer” selected when starting each search for registry values with name:




If any of these are found and are set to a 1 change to 0.  1 is on and 0 is off.