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I am using a work laptop and can't seem to locate my firewall settings. I go to Control Panel > System and Security and I do not see firewall settings anywhere. Could there be some policy that is hiding this option? Is there any other way to locate what firewall I am using?

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Open the Action Center to check what AV, firewall etc. you're using.

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I seem to be unable to locate the Action Center. It's as if it's not even there. Any specifics on where this is? I am looking in Control Panel\System and Security. When I search the Start Menu for "action center", nothing comes up. – oscilatingcretin Nov 27 '12 at 17:54
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (Start / Type "Edit group policy" or Run / gpedit.msc). 2. Confirm that under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel both Hide specified Control Panel items and Show only specified Control Panel items are set to Not configured. 3. Confirm that under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar, the Remove the Action Center icon setting is also set to Not configured. – Karan Nov 27 '12 at 18:19
So I changed all items you mentioned from Enabled to Not Configured. Still, I do not see Action Center or Windows Firewall in control panel under System and Security. Edit: Does this call for a reboot? – oscilatingcretin Nov 27 '12 at 18:31
Ah, so they were enabled. Yeah, you should see if the options show up after a reboot. Also, why exactly do you want to know what firewall they've installed for you? – Karan Nov 27 '12 at 19:39
  • GOTO to run, type services.msc.
  • find windows firewall.
  • turn it on, if its not started.
  • Now, check to see if you can find it inside system security.

    Chances are that, you are in standard type of account and not in administrator account.

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That tells me whether or not the Windows firewall is running, but it does not tell me what firewall I am using (eg, Windows, third-party firewall, etc). – oscilatingcretin Nov 27 '12 at 15:32

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