How to open a port in Windows® 7
What is the significance of opening a port in Windows 7 Firewall?
The Windows 7 is a highly functional Operating System integrated with very advanced features that are provided to enhance the user’s productivity and computing experience. The Windows 7 is manufactured by the Microsoft and is having the same working platform used in the classic Windows NT OS which brings about some features and functions that is shared with its previous versions. Windows 7 is having an exceptionally graphics rich working environment and the user interface has undergone changes that simplifies the usage of the OS. Apart from the productivity features supported by the Windows 7, the OS is also integrated with powerful security options and functions that actively help in defending against different types of threats and inbound attacks. The Windows Firewall integrated in the Windows 7 provides with advanced security options that enable the users to actively shape both inbound and outbound network connection from a computer.
Some points regarding the need and ways to open a port in the Windows 7 firewall are discussed below to help the users:
- Need to open a port
- Locating firewall options
- Adding/opening port
Need to open a port
Most of the new programs installed in the windows OS needs a live Internet connection for carrying out different operations like updating the program versions, providing online support etc. A program can access or utilize the active Internet connection in the computer only if that program has been listed in the firewall exceptions (in the case that the Windows Firewall in turned on). Most of the modern programs that are developed for the Windows 7 are having the capabilities to automatically add them into the firewall exception list at the time of their install. Some programs like download manager software or peer to peer downloader software which might lack this feature and needs that the users add up an exception or connection port in the Windows Firewall. This is where the users will have to manually open up a connection port in the Windows 7 Firewall using the available options.
Locating Firewall options
The Windows Firewall with advanced security can be easily located as a separate icon in the Windows 7 control panel and as an easier alternative can be searched for in the Windows 7 start menu search box. If the user is having the sufficient rights to make changes in the Windows firewall then you can open up the firewall window by selecting the icon. Selecting the firewall icon will open up a new Windows listing the available network connections. The details regarding the available connections and the options required to add port or exceptions can be found in the left side corner of the same window.
Selecting the 'Advanced settings' option in the left corner of the Firewall window will open up a new window listing the inbound and outbound rules of the current connection or existing connections. Now select the 'Inbound rules' icon and it will open up a window that displays all inbound rules and exception in the firewall, select the 'Create new rule' button and doing so will open up a window which enables the users to add a program, port, predefined rule or create a custom rule. The users should now select the 'Add port' option and then the type of port that is to be added i.e. either TCP or UDP and should input the port number that is to be used to connect with a network. Selecting 'Allow the connection' option and setting it up for use with all connection profiles like Domain, Private, Public etc. will enable the users to successfully add a port in the Windows 7 firewall.
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