How to enable iTunes in the Windows Vista Firewall

When the firewall in Windows Vista is enabled, it may prevent iTunes from accessing the Internet unless iTunes is listed as an exception.

To make sure that your firewall is not blocking iTunes:

  1. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  2. Click Security and click Windows Firewall.
    Alternately, in Classic View of Control Panel, click Windows Firewall.
  3. Click Change Settings.
  4. If Windows needs your permission to continue, click Continue.
  5. In the Windows Firewall Settings window, make sure that the “Block all incoming connections” option is not selected, and then click the Exceptions tab.
  6. Make sure that iTunes is checked under “Programs or port” and click OK. If iTunes isn’t listed under Programs and Services, click Add Program. If iTunes isn’t listed in the Programs list, click Browse, navigate to the iTunes program (often at C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes), select it and click Open. Note that iTunes may also appear as “iTunes.exe.”
  7. Click OK in the “Add a Program” window.
  8. Click OK in the “Windows Firewall Settings” window.
  9. Click OK in the Properties window.


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