To make sure network is working fine we use a command called ‘ ping’. This command sends ICMP packets to destination (it can be any network deceives, such as computers, print servers, routers..etc) and receives reply. This process named as ‘Echo Request’. By default in Windows Vista and XP computers this ICMP packets are blocked in default firewall settings.
In two ways you can enable ping or echo request in windows Vista ( Enable Ping in Windows XP),
Steps to Enable Ping in Vista
1) Disable the Firewall ( Not Recommended)
2) Create an exception fo ICMP packets in default firewall. To do this follow the steps…….
a) Go to Administrative Tools in control panel ( In classic view)
b) Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, then Right click on ‘Inbound Rules’ and select New Rule….
c) Select ‘ Custom’ –> ‘All Programs’
d) in Protocol type, select ‘ICMPv4’ from drop down box, click next…
e) Make sure in both places ‘Any IP address’ selected, click next…
f) Select ‘Allow the connection’, click next..
g) Leave the three check boxes selected as mentioned below and click next…
h) In this screen give any name to this rule, such as ‘ Echo request’ or ‘Ping request’…which will be shown as a inbound rule.
i) Click Finish. That’s is it. These steps help in enable ping in vista (Echo request or ICMP packets) in your Windows Vista computer without disabling the default firewall.