Update: Microsoft Listened! The Windows 10 Creator’s update has fixed this issue!
Okay, so I wasn’t sure how to title this article. However, I will endeavor to explain my frustration I am having with Windows 10’s VPN settings.
Whenever I click the network icon in Windows 10, it will bring up my local connection, WiFinetworks, and VPN connections. When I select my VPN connection instead of being able to connect directly from the first network setting list I get directed into the Settings app in Windows 10.
From the Settings app in Windows 10, I can then select my VPN connection and click connect.
I know this may sound quite trivial but it is a frustration especially since it feels like we took a step back from Windows 7 and Windows 8.
I did some searching online to see if I was alone in my complaint. I certainly wasn’t. I found this thread on Microsoft’s forums with other people frustrated with the same limitation. On this forum I came across a work around to allow me to connect from the first list of network connections. Thanks Tobias.Csaki
Here are the steps to accomplish this.
Step One: Open Regedit ( How did you know this wasn’t coming ha! ) (WIN+R and type regedit.exe)
Step Two: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Network
Step Three:Take ownership of the “Network” key/folder (right click, Permissions)
Step Four: Select “Advanced” in the Permissions window
Step Five: In the Advanced window, select “Change” where the owner field is (at the top of the window)
Step Six: Type in your username and save your changes.
Step Seven: Close the advanced window
Step Eight: Now select “Administrators” in the security tab
Step Nine: Make sure “Full control” is selected, then apply changes
Step Ten: Now that’s done, double click “ReplaceVan
Step Eleven: Change it’s value to 2
These changes should take place without having to reboot. Now when you click the network connections icon you will get a Windows 8 type network menu that allows you to connect to your VPN connections.
I think this registry edit is awesome! However, I don’t think we should have needed to do it in the first place! Please, Microsoft add this functionality back into Windows 10. I will keep you posted if I find a better solution.
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