CIS V4.1 firewall and Win7 64bit firewall, ON or OFF?

I’m running CIS V4.1 all components on my win7 laptop and also on my win/xp desktop. With win/xp the security center monitors the firewall and AV so if you have a third party firewall it will detect it and also detects your AV and if the firewall and or AV is turned off you will be notified of the condition and take appropriate actions . With win7’s security center I see nothing indicating that it detects any other firewall but it’s own. So my question is, should the win7 firewall be turned on or off with CIS running? And is there an issue if it is turned off?

Guess Windows is just Windows, and if it worked that way before why would Microsoft bother doing it otherwise. Or it can be a flaw since Win7 is a “new” system. Well I know there have been improvements, but most of them MS just took from third party applications. To me Windows 7 is just XP with a better GUI, that’s all.

But yer would be interesting to know, hopefully the DEVs will confirm.

Leaving both firewalls on should be okay as windows firewall is not known to cause conflicts. Disabling windows firewall is obviously okay, however do so from the control panel window NOT from services.msc as disabling the entire WF service can disable functionality of configuring remote desktop and some network location options.

Win 7 x86v reports CIS running as firewall and AV program.

Try the “security center reset”:Open a command prompt by clicking Start → Run. Type cmd and click OK.

In the command prompt window, type NET STOP WINMGMT /Y and press ENTER.


Type EXIT and press ENTER to close the window.

Restart the system. Windows should start normally, but you may be prompted to restart the system once more to complete the changes caused by resetting the core repository. You may also need to restart once more if Windows Security Center still does not detect your security product.