Windows Firewall won’t start

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Specifically with an Access Denied response in the Event Log.
Strange as this sounds, the “service user” doesn’t have access to start the firewall.
To fix do this;

  1. In Registry Editor, browse to the key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess
  2. Right click SharedAccess, and click Permissions.
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the “Enter the object names to select” field, type “NT SERVICE\mpssvc”. Then click Check Names. The name should change to MpsSvc
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select Full Control in the Allow column.
  7. Click OK.

Full props go to this website where I found the solution – http://www.kentoyer.com/2012/01/15/windows-7-firewall-service-wont-start/

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