I recently did a clean install of WinXP Pro SP2. I did not turn off Windows Firewall before installing ZoneAlarm Pro. When I go to Firewall from Control Panel, the ON and OFF buttons are disabled (they are gray) and I cannot change them. The Security Center indicates at least one firewall is running. ZoneAlarm is set to disable Windows Firewall.
I backed up the partition and tried a test re-installing WinXP. I turned off Windows Firewall before installing ZoneAlarm Pro. Now the ON and OFF buttons are not gray and I can turn Windows Firewall on and off as I please. When I click OFF, Security Center says only ZoneAlarm is running. When I click ON, Security Center says at least one fire wall is running. As before, ZoneAlarm is set to disable Windows Firewall.
I restored the partition and am back to where I was, unable to turn Windows Firewall on or off using the Control Panel. I have a lot of time invested in configuring the first installation and do not want to start over. Is there something I can do to enable the ON and OFF buttons of the Windows Firewall cpl? I can turn Windows Firewall ON and OFF by editing the registry (HKLM\Software\Polices\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\S tandardProfile\EnableFirewall) but I would like to avoid that.
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro