IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver (Ip6Fw) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Provides intrusion prevention service for a home or small office network.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver
Service name:Ip6Fw
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\DRIVERS\Ip6Fw.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Ip6Fw

Default Behavior

IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Ip6Fw service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the WinXP_Ip6Fw_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The Ip6Fw service is using the Ip6Fw.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32\DRIVERS folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.