Thanks a lot for trying to answer. That wasn't of any help, alas.
I figured that out myself, however. I'll describe how I did it after short description of what it is I need and why one may need it.
Ping: this is reply by the machine on the network when request is sent to this machine's IP address. Why it is necessary: suppose you have multiple machines and you want to know if there is machine on the network with given IP. That's when you use ping. This
packet is classified as ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol). Many network admins routinely use that and windows machines are their pain as these by default do not respond ping (MS must be scared since infamous "Ping of death"...).
Anyway, here is how I enabled ping response in Windows 7:
Control Panel --> System and security --> Windows Firewall --> Advanced settings --> Inbound rules --> New rule --> custom rule
in Protocol and ports: Protocol: ICMPv4
on the same panel go to customize, choose "Specific ICMP types", check the box "echo request"
The rest is trivial; go to next... next... and save it.
You should be done. This box responds ping from this point on.
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