Another Windows 10 Firewall Question

January 15, 2020 at 08:43:33
Specs: several
In Windows 10 Firewall, "Allow an app or feature through
Windows Firewall", I can't uncheck the "Public" box for
Microsoft Office Outlook. I can uncheck the "Private" box
and the box that includes both, but the "Public" box stays
checked always. It is the only box I can't uncheck.

Any info about it?

Was it checked by Windows or by Office? Office was recently
uninstalled, but I don't know if Office Outlook came with
Office or with Windows. I've never used it. Not even once.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
January 15, 2020 at 13:17:59
MS Office is a collection of programs - Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc. Outlook is the email program. It's not part of Windows 10. As for the firewall settings, I have no idea because I don't micro-manage them.

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#2
January 15, 2020 at 13:42:56
Are you using an admin login to do this?

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#3
January 15, 2020 at 16:14:20
I think so. In Control Panel>User Accounts it says
"Local Account Administrator". Does that do it?

This is Windows 10 Home.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
January 17, 2020 at 06:02:12
Nobody has any idea why I can't uncheck that checkbox?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
January 17, 2020 at 16:49:03
Sod all experience with the dreaded win-10... But may have to become a little more acquainted with anon... Hence my interest in yur situation>

See if any of these point to possible answers"

http://tinyurl.com/lohrbvs

or this:

http://tinyurl.com/swellsu

or this

http://tinyurl.com/wbk4tpl

This one is unlikely to be of much help, but one never knows?

http://tinyurl.com/qod6pqm

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#6
January 18, 2020 at 04:48:45
I followed the instructions in the first link to enable the
built-in Administrator account and set a password.

I restarted the computer and logged into the Administrator
account with the password.

Still can't uncheck that one checkbox. All the others uncheck.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
January 19, 2020 at 14:06:04
I dun a wee bit more trawling; since as I say earlier looks like I may have get a little more familiar with the dreaded (no…)Win-10. Win-7 was fine… Updates generally didn’t screw up things that were OK; sadly the same can’t be said for Win-10?

Came across these.

A general item which may not be much help; but who knows?

http://tinyurl.com/vuz9aft

This is detailed discussion re’ firewall settings various.

http://tinyurl.com/yxh6op2n

and this specific to public sharing issues?

http://tinyurl.com/srnum57

This one may/may not be of help; possibly you know what’s discussed there:

http://tinyurl.com/vpvl8k6


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#8
January 19, 2020 at 22:59:50
The first two links are info I mostly already knew; the last two
appear to have been selected by matching search terms, but
the subjects of the pages aren't relevant.

One of them did talk about a reset of the firewall settings.
I might try that.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
January 20, 2020 at 05:39:26
I realise that much of what's in those links is either already familiar to you, or not necessarily pertinent at this time But occasionally content in such links may mention some seemingly minor or unrelated tweak/setting which may be of use?

I'm interested to know how you resolve the problem - presuming you do at some stage.


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#10
January 24, 2020 at 09:58:03
Reminder that I removed MS Office some time ago.

In addition to being un-un-checkable in Windows Firewall, there is
a Control Panel item named "Mail (Microsoft Outlook 2016)(32-bit)".
When I click on it I get "Application not found".

I see no trace of Office or Outlook in Programs and Features.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#11
May 11, 2020 at 02:12:37
UPDATE

Microsoft Office Outlook is no longer in the list of programs in
Windows Firewall. I don't know how or when it disappeared.

The Control Panel item is still there.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
May 11, 2020 at 06:35:33
It doesnt really matter if that checkbox is checked or not.

If you want to block a program from connecting to the internet, do this:

Go to: Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Firewall > Advanced Options(Left side menu at bottom).

Click on Outgoing Rules in the left menu.
Then click on New Rule in the right menu.

The rest really explains it self.


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#13
May 11, 2020 at 22:19:38
Yes, I did that in the Advanced settings quite some time
before I started this thread. One thing I wondered was how
the Advanced settings interact with the program list. They
seem to work together fine.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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