Windows 7 Ping: General Failure

Who doesn’t know it: the ping feature!
Of course you can still execute any of the good old commands via the command line tool (cmd.exe):
ping, hostname, ipcondig, nslookup, net, netstat, netsh, pathping, nbtstat, route, tracert, getmac

The ping tool allows you to find out if you can establish a connection with a certain IP address or domain:
Windows 7 Ping Tool

But what if you are receiving a “general failure” ?


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

General failure.
General failure.
General failure.
General failure.

What then? Well, most of the time your firewall is simply blocking access to the internet (as it is supposed to)!
Solution: Try to disable your firewall and you should no longer receive a general failure.

Especially the norton firewall is blocking basically anything. You shouldn’t have any problems to execute the ping command with a AVG or the built-in Windows firewall.

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3 Responses to Windows 7 Ping: General Failure

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    shrikant said:

    i used wireless router for lan connection working ok
    i have connectd broadband to local network area connection

    But i cannot share this internet connection to remote pc

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Clément said:

    Hello, In case of Symantec Firewall the Service Symantec End Point Protection MUST be enabled and running in order to ping a gateway.
    Furthermore, even the arp entry of the gateway was messed up and I needed to netsh int ipv4 add neighbors

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    mike said:

    While this may be true if that were to be on all your pings, why would it happen only occasionally?

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