How to Enable Windows 7 Ping Response in Firewall

This post explains to enable windows 7 ping response firewall, so it can respond to all ping ICMP echo requests from other network resources.

Enable Windows 7 Ping in FirewallIndication: ‘Request Time Out’ message from Windows 7 Computer and it’s not responding to ICMP echo requests from other network devices.
All network sharings are working but ping reply is not working , so how to enable ping reply in Windows 7?

Reasons: By default ICMP echo requests, used for ping command is blocked in Windows 7 firewall default settings.


1) Disable the firewall completely in windows 7, which is not recommended.

2) Create an exceptional rule for ICMP echo request to reply ping commands in existing firewall, without disabling it completely.

ICMP Rule in Windows 7 Firewall

Follow the steps steps to create a rule.
These steps are similar to enable ping in Windows Vista

Also Check how to enable ping in Windows XP

1) Go to Windows Firewall in Control panel

Enable Windows 7 Ping in Firewall

You can see, Windows Firewall status is On. Click on Advanced settings in left side as mentioned above.

2) Select Inbound Rule, Right clink on it and select New Rule…

Enable Windows 7 Ping in Firewall

3) Select Custom (Custom Rule) at last and press Next.

4) Leave All programs and go to Next.

Enable Windows 7 Ping in Firewall

5) Click on Protocol type and select ICMP4 as shown below. ICMP4 is the protocol used in ping command when your network is communicating with IPv4.

Enable Windows 7 Ping

6) Since we are going to apply this rule for any IP, means responds to any IP addresses coming with echo request, select ‘Any IP addresses’ in next screen. You can add specific IP addresses also, if you want your windows 7 computer to respond to them only for ICMP echo request (ping )

Enable Windows 7 Ping

7) Allow the connection in next screen, press Next.

8.) Keep the all three check boxes checked in the next screen, to apply this rule any type of network you connected.

9) Give a name to this rule. This name will be showing under Inbound Rules in Windows Firewall. In future you can delete the rule by this name.

Enable Windows 7 Ping in Firewall

Click Finish.

10) That’s it; these are easy steps to enable ping in windows 7 and the rule will be immediately applied and appeared in inbound rules. Now, Windows 7 computer will be responding to ICMP echo ping requests without disabling or stopping the windows firewall.

More discussions about Enabling Windows 7 ping in Firewall available here.


  1. says

    This can also be done using the command line:

    netsh advfirewall firewall add rule protocol=icmpv4:8,any dir=in action=allow name=”Core Networking – Answer an echo request [ping] (ICMPv4-In)” description=”Allows this computer to answer IPv4 ICMP echo requests (ping). This rule was added by the sysadmin.” profile=any interfacetype=any

  2. Ollie says

    Thanx m8!

    This worked excellent together with running the game in Admin mode..

    Rgs Ollie

  3. Raffael (Brazil) says

    Thankyou thanks for the post was very useful!!
    obrigado pelo post foi muito util

  4. Michael Fappiano says

    On my machine it was not a firewall issue. I had to go to the Networking Properties of the connection from Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center and turn off AGN Filter Interface (64-bit).

  5. says

    “This name will be showing under Inbound Rules in Windows Firewall. In future you can delete the rule by this name.”
    How much is realistic?

  6. says

    There is an easier way is to enable the Network Discovery under “Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings” which will open the ICMP ports for you-

  7. says

    I am a total newbie. “Shields Up” (at advises that we block the ping response; therefore I am looking for the complete opposite instructions as shown on this page. Can anyone please help – or should I disregard what Gibson Research advises??

    Thanks in advance.

  8. Al-noor Daya says

    thank you so much for posting this solution, it worked great for me.
    bless you.

  9. rduke15 says

    On Win7 SP1 (maybe on other versions too), there are pre-defined rules for File and Print Sharing, and these rules include allowing ping.

    So for me, the simplest way to do it was this command:

    netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”File and Printer Sharing” new enable=Yes

  10. Dmitry Bond says

    It seems that with latest Windows 7 you need to create 2 rules – one “Allow all ICMP v4” and another “Allow all ICMP v6”. After that the “ping” command start to work for me.

  11. Sam says

    I stumbled upon this series of tutorial and responses and I am very confused as to why enable the ICMP Echo Request, when Gibson Research [] advise that it should be blocked as should the first 1056 Ports on your computers!!!

    I do not understand this shift in advice and it confuses me greatly. Can someone please take the time to prove that we NEED to let our computers respond to all Pings???

    Thank you.