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Windows Firewall and BFE cannot be started, access denied


New Member

Following a recent Windows Update, Windows Firewall on my Windows 8 system was disabled. Upon attempting to start the firewall through the services.msc dialog, I receive an error code 1068, informing that the dependency service or group failed to start. After doing some googling to attempt to resolve the issue I found the dependency service, the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) was not active. When attempting to start the BFE service, I am stopped with an error 5, indicating that access is denied.

I am unable to figure out why access to the BFE service should be denied, since this account is the only account on the computer and has administrator privileges. Because of these issues with the firewall, I am unable to access the internet and am creating this thread through a separate laptop computer.

In a potentially related issue, Windows is not "activated", though I had activated it approximately a year earlier. Because of this, I am unable to access my Microsoft Office programs. I believe that I am unable to activate windows due to a lack of internet connectivity caused by the above firewall issue.

Any help would be appreciated. My next step is to take the computer into a nearby service depot and pay the requisite charges. Thank you.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8


Just the Janitor
VIP Member
hello and welcome to eightforums ,don't know if I have the correct answer,i think you might have picked of a some virus or malware and not a problem with windows updates , [if I turn my firewall off I can still get on the internet ],and the activation should not have changed ,so I think you have a bigger issue . good luck
first try calling Microsoft and doing the activation ,to find the number in your country ,type of past this into a command prompt or Run . slui.exe 4

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1.1 enterprise
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
    microsoft curve 200
    Logitech wireless M215
    Internet Speed
    high speed 20
    ie 11
    windows defender
    Other Info
    updated enterprise apr 2/14