How to Enable Ping Response in Windows 7/8.1/Vista Firewall?

By default Windows 8.1/7 and Vista come with a built-in firewall enabled. In that case, it is not going to respond to ping commands (ICMP requests) from other computers/servers on the network.  Even though you can access network shares from other Windows desktops or laptops but still it will not respond to ping requests by saying ‘Request Timed Out’ message. The below article shows how to enable ping response/reply in Windows 7, 8.1 and even the older version of Windows Vista.

If an ICMP echo request/packet (which is used in the ping command) comes from the internal or external network, your PC will not respond to those requests. It is one of the primary security features on most Windows Operating Systems. But in some cases, it needs to be enabled to verify the connectivity and other tests (mostly in the networked environment). Windows 7 and Vista have similar steps whereas Windows 8.1 has a bit different way of enabling ping reply. We have covered all of them in the below guide.

Indication: ‘Request Time Out’ message comes from Windows 8.1/7 Computer and it doesn’t respond to ICMP echo requests from other network devices.
All network shares are working but ping reply is not working.

Reasons: The ping command uses ICMP (packets) echo requests which are blocked in the Windows OS firewall by default.

Solutions to Enable Ping Response in Windows 7 & Vista

If you are still using Windows Vista, you can follow the same steps shown below for Windows 7.

We have two options to do:

1) Disable the firewall entirely in Windows 7, which is not recommended.

2) Create an exception rule for ICMP echo requests to reply to ping commands in the existing firewall without disabling it completely.

Modify ICMP Rule in Windows 7/Vista Firewall

Follow these steps to create a rule in the firewall policy to allow ping response. Though it looks slightly complicated, anyone with Administrative rights can do the steps easily by following the steps.

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1) Go to Windows Firewall in Control Panel

You can see that the Windows Firewall status is On here. Click on Advanced Settings.

Firewall status

2) Select Inbound Rule, right-click on it and select New Rule.

New rule name

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

4) Leave All programs option and go to the next step.

Select All programs

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

ICMP Packet type in policy

6) We will apply this rule for all IPs, so it will respond to any IP addresses coming with an echo request. Select ‘Any IP addresses’ on the next screen.

You can add specific IP addresses also if you want your computer to respond to only these IPs for ICMP echo requests (ping).

Allow IPs

7) Allow the connection on the next screen and press Next.

8) Keep all three checkboxes checked on the next screen to apply this rule to any network you are connected to.

9) Give a name for this rule. This name will be shown under Inbound Rules in Windows Firewall. In future, you can delete or disable the rule by this name.

Enable ping in Windows firewall

Click Finish.

10) That’s it; these are easy steps to enable ping reply in Windows 7 or Visa. The rule will be immediately applied and appeared in inbound rules. Now, Windows 7 computers will be responding to ICMP echo ping requests.

How to Disable Ping Reply in Windows 7 or Vista?

As mentioned earlier, ping reply is disabled by default in the Windows firewall. If you have created an exception rule as above, you have to simply turn off the above rule to block/disable ping reply in Windows 7. Make sure that the firewall service is up and running. Even after turning off the above rule if the Firewall service is not running, it will still reply to ping commands.

Enable Only ICMP Echo Requests in Windows 8/8.1 to Respond Ping commands

In Windows 7 we had to create a rule to enable ping reply, but Windows 8.1 got a built-in rule that needs to be activated.  Disabling the firewall entirely also will respond to ping requests, but it’s not recommended considering the network and computer security.

1) Open Windows firewall settings.  Search for ‘firewall’ in search (from charm bar) and click Windows firewall. It can be accessed from the Control Panel also.

search for firewall

2) Here you can completely turn off the firewall, so ping reply will work but we are not going to do it.

Select Advanced Settings to open more advanced Windows firewall settings.

advanced settings

3) There are pre-made ICMP Echo rules available in Inbound Rules, and we just need to enable them.

You must consider two factors while enabling the rule,

a) Network protocol type ( Is it IPv4 or IPv6?)

b) Network location type ( Is it a Private, Public or Domain network?)

Mostly we may need to enable ping reply on Private or Domain networks only, not for the Public network. Please select the correct rule matching your scenario and enable it by right-clicking and selecting Enable Rule.

required rules to enable

right click and enable

That’s it, we have just enabled the ping response in Windows 8.1 without disabling the full Windows firewall.

If you like to disable it again and do not want your computer to respond to ping (ICMP Echo Requests), then right-click on the same rule and disable it.

Though you enabled the ping response in Windows firewall by the above steps, if you have a third-party firewall software such as Comodo or ZoneAlarm, you must enable ping reply in this security software also if they are working as the first firewall protection on your computer.

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Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

32 thoughts on “How to Enable Ping Response in Windows 7/8.1/Vista Firewall?”

  1. 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. 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).

  3. “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?

  4. There is an easier way is to enable the Network Discovery under “Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNetwork and Sharing CenterAdvanced sharing settings” which will open the ICMP ports for you-

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


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