How to allow Ping Command in Windows Vista GUI Mode
Many people are using windows Vista now days. Ping is a command used to check whether your computer is still alive on the network but when firewall is turned on you can’t use ping command. An easy solution is to disable the firewall, but you can also allow ICMP requests. This requires opening extra ports which are a security risk, allowing ping isn't a big deal, but it's usually best to block anything you don't need.
To Allow ICMP Echo Request (ping) With the GUI you will have to open “Start Menu”. There will be “Search Box” in the Start Menu. Type in firewall into the start menu search box and the following screen shot will appear.
Now you will have to click on “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security”. The following screen shot will appear.
There you will find two lists on the left hand and one on the right hand panel. Find and click on Inbound Rules on the left-hand panel and find the following rule in the list:
“Networking Echo Request (ICMPv4-In)”. Now after finding that rule Right click on it and choose “Enable” this will immediately turn on Ping command.