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Remove Windows Firewall and Internet Connection Sharing Components (Windows Embedded Standard 2009)

4/23/2012

The Windows Firewall provides a barrier between your system and potentially harmful content on a network, such as viruses and worms. Windows Firewall can prevent unauthorized network access to your run-time image.

Many networking components are dependent on the Core Networking component, which by default automatically includes the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) component when you run a dependency check.

In the Core Networking component, you can disable the requirement for Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Removing the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) component can save an estimated 30 MB.

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Microsoft recommends that you include and enable the Windows Firewall if your device will be connected to a network. If you understand the risks of not shipping the Windows Firewall enabled on your device, you can use the following procedure to remove it.

  1. In Target Designer, in the configuration browser, delete the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) component.

  2. Expand the Core Networking component in the configuration browser and then choose Settings.

  3. Clear the checkbox for Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).

  4. From the Configuration menu, choose Check Dependencies. Check to make sure that the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) component is not pulled back in.

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