By The Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

This script disables Windows Firewall by setting the FirewallEnabled property to False. This may be necessary if another firewall is already in use on the network. True is the default value for the setting in Windows XP Service Pack 2 To perform this task, the script uses the Windows Firewall COM automation server. It runs only against the local computer.

FwDisable.vbs is a bonus script; it does not correspond to any of the scripts that ships with Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and which are documented in the Appendix. You can download a Windows Installer (.msi) file that installs the Guide and its associated scripts from:


To use the script, copy the code, paste it into Notepad, and then save the script as FwDisable.vbs. To run the script, open a command prompt window to the directory of the script and type:

cscript fwdisable.vbs

If the default script host on the computer is Cscript.exe, the initial "cscript" may be omitted.

Script Code

'Author: Peter Costantini, The Microsoft Scripting Guys
'Date: 9/2/04
'Version: 1.0
'Disables Windows Firewall, which is enabled by default on XP SP2.

On Error Resume Next
'Create the firewall manager object.
Set objFwMgr = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwMgr")
If Err <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "Unable to connect to Windows Firewall."
End If
'Get the current profile for the local firewall policy.
Set objProfile = objFwMgr.LocalPolicy.CurrentProfile
'Is firewall enabled?
If objProfile.FirewallEnabled = True Then
  WScript.Echo "Windows Firewall is enabled."
'Disable it.
  objProfile.FirewallEnabled = False
  WScript.Echo "Windows Firewall now disabled."
  WScript.Echo "Windows Firewall already disabled."
End If

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