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Open A Port in Windows 7 Firewall

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Windows 7’s firewall has been enhanced significantly since XP and Vista but with these enhancements have brought a more complicated interface and less user-friendly ways to customise the open ports and allowed applications.

This HOWTO tells you step by step how to make open a specific port using the built in wizard.

You may need to open ports for many reasons such as using a non-default port for Remote Desktop Connection (RDM), using your PC as a server for applications such as FTP or for gaming.

Here’s how to do it:


  1. Click Start button > Control Panel
  2. Click System and Security
  3. On the right, click Windows Firewall
  4. On the left, click Advanced Settings as show below
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 Advanced
  5. In the left pane, right click on Inbound Rules > click New Rule as show below
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 New Rule
  6. The New Inbound Rule Wizard will appear.
  7. Select Port for the type of rule as shown below > click Next.
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 Type
  8. The Protocol and Ports screen will appear.
  9. Select the protocol that you need for the particular service you are using.  For this example, I will select TCP as shown below.
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 Port
  10. Now select the Specific local ports radio button and enter the port number you need to open as shown above.  For this example, I will enter 21.  This is the standard port for FTP service if you want to make your PC into an FTP server.
  11. Click Next > The Action screen should appear.
  12. Select the Allow the connection radio button as shown below > click Next
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 Allow Connection
  13. The Profiles screen will appear.  Select which profiles you’d like this open port to apply to.  I’m going to accept defaults and click Next.

    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7 Profile
  14. The Name screen will appear.  Enter a meaningful name for your open port rule and click Finish.
    How To Open A Firewall Port Windows 7
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  1. Ahmed says:

    thaaaank you …..u are a very good man

  2. Postnihilist says:

    It didn’t work. I’ve gone through all the steps twice and online port checking tools are showing the port is still closed.

    1. Rosco says:

      Could it be that your router is blocking the port and not Windows…online port checking tools generally can’t check if a Windows port is open until the router has been configured properly.

      In your router config, check your NAT section.

  3. Richel says:

    Very awesome page with lots of wonderful content.

  4. This really helped me, thank you so much!

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