Configuring Windows Live Messenger through the One Care Personal Firewall

Configuring Windows Live Messenger through the One Care Personal Firewall
1. From the system tray, near the system clock, right click on the Windows Live One Care Icon to open a short-cut menu. 
2. From the short-cut menu click on Open Windows Live One Care to bring up the Windows Live One Care console.
 
 
2.a. From the Windows Live One Care window click on View or Change Settings under Other Tasks to open the Settings window .
 
 
2.b. In the Windows Live One Care Settings window click on Firewall followed by Advanced Settings to open the Windows Live One Care Advanced Settings window.
 
 
3. Click on the Programs List tab to view the list of programs registered with the firewall and that are permitted or blocked access to the Internet.
3.a. If you have more than one instance of Messenger that represent the earlier versions of Messenger proceed to Step 4.
3.b. If you are running Messenger and do not have an instance of it in the Programs list proceed to Step 5.
3.c. If you have only one instance of Messenger proceed to Step 6.
 
 
4. Remove earlier versions of Messenger by following the steps below: 
4.a. Select each entry for Windows Live Messenger, note down the version of Messenger and if it does not match with the version you are currently running delete it.
4.b. Select the row and click on Remove.
 
 
5. To add Windows Live Messenger through the Windows One Care firewall, click on Add below the Programs list.
 
 
5.a. Browse to locate Messenger by going to C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger
5.b. Select msnmsgr.exe and click on Open.
 
 
5.c. After adding Windows Live Messenger to the Programs list, the firewall Programs list will look like below.
 
 
6. To modify the access permitted to Messenger: 
6.a. Select Messenger from the Programs list. 
6.b. Ensure Messenger is set Allow access through the Internet.
 
 
7. Go here for additional information on One Care.

Configuring Windows Live Messenger through the Windows XP firewall

Configuring Windows Live Messenger through the Windows XP firewall
1. Launch the Windows Firewall. 
1.a. Click on START and RUN to open the RUN Window.
 
 
1.b. In the RUN window type in CONTROL FIREWALL.CPL and hit Enter to open the Windows Firewall settings window.
 
 
2. From the Windows Firewall settings windows. 
3. Click on the Exceptions tab to view the list of programs registered with the firewall and that are permitted or blocked access to the Internet.
 
 
4. To add Windows Live Messenger through the Windows XP firewall, click on Add Program below the Programs and Services list. Note: If you already have an entry in the Programs and Services list but are not sure if it is associated with the version of windows Live Messenger youa re currently running on yoour system,remove and re-add the entry.
 
 
4.a. Click on Browse and browse to C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger.
 
 
4.b. Select msnmsgr.exe and click on Open to add Messenger through the firewall.
 
 
4.c. Messenger will now appear in the Add a Program window. Click on OK to close the window.
4.d. After adding Windows Live Messenger to the Programs list, the firewall Programs list will look like below.
 
 
5. To remove an entry from the Windows Firewall Exception list: 
5.a. Select each entry for Windows Live Messenger or msnmsgr and press Delete. Note: This is to ensure that the latest version that you are running currently is registered with the Windows Firewall.
5.b. Select the row and click on Delete.
 
 
Click here to get more information on Windows Firewall.