• KB3194496 Broke Windows Firewall

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    Last night when I was signing off, I got the flag on the Shut down button telling me updates requiring a restart were ready. I checked, one was a WD signature update and the only other was KB3194496.

    I selected Update and restart, and once that began I went on to bed (I have scheduled tasks that run in the wee hours). When I signed on today, after a few minutes I got a notice that Windows Firewall was off and needed to be started. Only it wouldn’t restart.

    I got warnings that its settings weren’t correct, but nothing I tried would get it started. I tried in Services, and that failed as well. I don’t remember the error code exactly but the only search results I found had answers regarding Windows Firewall being shut down by default when a third party AV is installed. I don’t have a third party AV installed.

    I restored my OS partition Image For Windows drive image from a couple of days ago (in 3:15) and booted up. Everything was normal. I then opened Settings and checked for updates, got KB3194496 downloaded, restarted and everything’s fine once more.

    I have no idea what went awry, but the PC has been running normally all day.

    Another testimonial for frequent drive images.

    Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
    We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do to our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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