Windows XP Error – “Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings”

I still support some Windows XP clients and when these clients have been visiting certain sites that they maybe shouldn’t have I get the following Windows XP Error – “Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings” as shown below;

 

Windows XP Error

Windows XP Error

RESOLUTION

This is what I did to resolve this problem

To re-install Windows Firewall, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

2. At the command prompt, type the following command line, and then press ENTER:
Rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf

3. Restart Windows (Optional – It may work without a restart!)

4. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

5. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
Netsh firewall reset

6. Click Start, click Run, type firewall.cpl, and then press ENTER. In the Windows Firewall dialog box, click On (recommended), and then click OK.

This should remove the Windows XP Error and allow you access to the firewall settings.

4 Thoughts on “Windows XP Error – “Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings”

  1. Thank you Kevin! I had this error and your solution worked without a restart. You the man!

  2. Michael on February 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm said:

    Worked for me too – many thanks Kevin

    (In the command window – I also type Exit to close it)

  3. Lewis on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm said:

    Worked XP app issues for many years. Ran into this problem for the first time. Worked first time.
    Many Many thanks.

  4. Wayne on July 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm said:

    Great solution! Thank you.

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