Attempting to start the Windows Firewall service in Windows 7 results in:

Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

Nothing malicious reported back from Malwarebytes and Microsoft Secrity Essentials full scans.

I've tried performing a Windows Update and a few registry things to no avail.

Any pointers to resolving this greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,


It is pretty clear that something it needs is not starting, so look at this screen shot of the items that it is dependent on, and make sure they are started, and set to automatic. If not one will not start, post back about that service, because that is the real problem, not the firewall.

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  • I've ensured all these dependent services are started automatically but Firewall still refuses to start. Could my Windows Firewall Authorization Driver be missig or corrupted? – purir Jun 26 '11 at 9:35

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