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How to Create an Exception for the Windows Vista Firewall

Frequently, when a program on your computer can't receive necessary updates from the Internet, the cause can be as simple as the Windows Vista Firewall denying it access. To get your program running efficiently, you need to create an exception. In other words, you need to tell the Vista Firewall that it can trust your application to access the Internet.

Here’s how to manually modify Windows Firewall to allow a program to receive data sent to it over the Internet, using FileMaker Pro as an example:

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Under the Security icon, click the Allow a Program Through Windows Firewall link.

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    You have to click Continue through a User Account Control message, and then the Windows Firewall Settings Exceptions tab appears.

  2. To put a program like FileMaker Pro on the Windows Firewall Exception list, click the Add Program button.

    Windows Firewall scans a list of installed programs on your computer and comes up with a list of possible programs.

  3. Select the program you want to let poke through the firewall. (Click Browse to find the program if you don’t see it listed.) When you’re done, click OK.

    Windows Firewall adds the program to its Exceptions list. The program is allowed to accept incoming data from the Internet.

  4. Click OK to get out of Windows Firewall.

    The program can start receiving data immediately.

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