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Why do I have to turn on windows firewall to install apps from store?

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    Why do I have to turn on windows firewall to install apps from store?


    Hi is anyone else getting this problem and is there an easier fix? Thks

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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    The firewall service is required for all "modern" apps to run, including the store. The firewall service actually houses more than just the firewall itself, and you pretty much need to leave it enabled for Windows 8 to function properly. If you aren't using it or don't want to, the proper way to disable firewall functionality is to go into the Windows firewall control panel applet and set the three profiles (domain, public, private) to "off".
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    OK Thks for reply I already have a firewall with norton, that is why I am asking the question ,it basically means if I want to use apps on windows 8 I need it enabled at all times.So I just leave it on even with a third party firewall in windows 8?
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yes - you should NEVER have to disable it, even with other programs installed. The service should be enabled / automatic and running, and you simply set the three profiles in the control panel to "off" if you install anything 3rd party (although good installers should do this for you automatically, best to check).
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    OK thks but if it is off in control panel is it still working so apps can install?
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yes - the service can be on, but if it's set to "off" in the profiles from control panel, the functionality is off and other apps will work as firewalls without interference from the Windows firewall.
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    done
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Why do I have to turn on windows firewall to install apps from store?
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