netsh advfirewall import causes firewall service to stop error 0x6be

Nov 22, 2014
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I am trying to import a firewall template using the command netsh advfirewall import "path to firewall.wfw". The command fails with the message

"Unable to import policy (error 0x6be). Make sure that the file name is correct,
that the file is accessible, and that it is a valid Windows Firewall policy file"

I also notice that the firewall service stops. I have checked the policy file by importing it via the local group policy and that works fine. I have tried this on several Windows 7 systems including x86 and x64.

I have also tried this on a new Windows 7 installation without any other apps running and it still fails with the same error.

I am logged on as administrator so I'm not sure why this doesn't work.

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