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Hello,

I posted this same issue over 9 months ago (post not archived and can't reply to it) and it never received any attention. 9 months alter, and it's still a huge hassle with Win 10 Music app, Dropbox updats, etc. Dropbox update directories look like this: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Update\Install\{9AADEAC8-31BC-4DA6-84A3-9B67958CEA7A}\DropboxClient_57.3.84.exe

Any suggestions? I want to leave the firewall in interactive mode, but allow an exception to the firewall to allow updates from wildcarded directory names.

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Hello,

Some of the annoying apps with Windows 10 (Music.UI, Video.UI, etc.) and apps like Adobe Flash and Dropbox all have dynamic directory paths. I have tried adding a whitelist/blacklist rule for the firewall for those applications, but it doesn't seem to work. I used an asterisk in the dynamic part of the directory path, but I am still getting popups asking if the app can use the internet.

As an example, this is what I have set to deny: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.ZuneMusic_10.17072.16431.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Music.UI.exe I use C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.ZuneMusic_*\Music.UI.exe

However, I still get asked every time it tries to connect to the internet. I want to leave the firewall in interactive mode.

Any suggestions on how to fix it?

 

 

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I reckon it was added on the to-do list in the past, however, since resources are generally limited, each requirement/improvement has its priority and severity set and the more important ones are worked out first.

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I literally JUST posted about this subject again myself, Jedis, before stumbling onto your post about it. My gripe focuses more on the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\ folder where every time an app is updated the folder path changes requiring the manual creation of a NEW firewall rule, and the manual deletion of the old, obsolete rule.

There should be a way to resolve this problem without using wildcards. At the bare minimum, the WindowsApps folder should receive some sort of "special" treatment. I don't know what, but there has got to be SOMETHING that can be done.

I feel your pain, I really do!

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I uninstalled the apps and the notifications have ceased. I didn't use either anyway, so it seemed like a fair compromise.

Open PowerShell as administrator. Run each of these:

Get-AppxPackage *windows.photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

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