Is there a way to disable Windows firewall without deactivating McAfee firewall?

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I’m currently running Windows XP Home Edition SP1. I’ve been using McAfee Internet Security Suite 6.0 for the past three years with SP1 and would like to switch to SP2. Will the two firewalls conflict? Is there a way to disable the Windows firewall without deactivating the McAfee firewall? Any help would be great!

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You can disable the Windows Firewall in SP2 this way:
Click Start.
Click Run.
Type Firewall.cpl, and then click OK.
On the General tab, click Off (not recommended).
Click OK.
Running two software firewalls can cause you problems.
Good Luck!
-Flame

You also may want to uninstall McAfee until after you upgrade, this will also give you the option to disable the SP2 firewall without the to firewalls conflicting.

dfng2002

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  • Flame
    After installing SP2 you should go ahead and install SP3 you can get it here
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I would definitely choose one firewall and stick with it...using multiple ones will not only cause problems, it also uses resources (CPU/memory/network) that don't need to be used.
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  • WindowsServerATE
    [...] >> Is there a way to disable Windows firewall without deactivating McAfee firewall? [...]
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  • Pressler2904
    Having been involved with the configuration of desktop systems in a variety of environments for several years noe, I would strongly suggest NOT running the McAfee firewall (or Symantec/Norton either for that matter). Both are rather resource intensive. In the course of my testing and (informal) research, I would suggest instead using Comodo firewall. Now i realize that there are people who swear by McAfee and Symantec just as much as I swear at them, but unless you have a relatively fast system (three years old or newer), you WILL see a performance hit with either of the big two firewalls in place. Comodo is relatively lightweight, and has proven to be effective in a wide variety of situations and against a wide variety of threats. Note that I AM NOT associated with Comodo in any way except as a user, and do not receive any compensation from them...
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