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Windows Firewall: Allow local program exceptions



Allows administrators to use the Windows Firewall component in Control Panel to define a local program exceptions list. Windows Firewall uses two program exceptions lists; the other is defined by the “Windows Firewall: Define inbound program exceptions” policy setting. If you enable this policy setting the Windows Firewall component in Control Panel allows administrators to define a local program exceptions list. If you disable this policy setting the Windows Firewall component in Control Panel does not allow administrators to define a local program exceptions list. However local administrators will still be allowed to create firewall rules in the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in. If you wish to prevent all locally created rules from applying use the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in and configure Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to specify that local firewall rules should not apply.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsFirewall -> StandardProfile -> AuthorizedApplications # AllowUserPrefMerge

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Network Connections -> Windows Firewall -> Standard Profile

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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