Too many steps to connect to a VPN in Windows 10

This is not regarding setting up a VPN connection. It is about the routine it takes to connect and disconnect.

In Windows 8.1, the connect and disconnect operations are available directly on the popup menu when you click the network icon in the system tray, much like for WiFi connections. You simply click on the VPN and click Connect/Disconnect.

In Windows 10, this convenience is gone. When you click on the VPN on the network popup, it will open up the Settings window. There you can connect and then close the Windows.

Is there anyway to quickly connect and disconnect to a VPN?

Thanks

 

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Last updated December 27, 2019 Views 1,221 Applies to:

Hi,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. I understand your concern and I am glad to assist you.

Please try this:

You can use the command line from the Command prompt admin.

Press Windows +X

Select Command prompt Admin and type the command below.

rasdial "VPN NAME" /disconnect

Where "VPN NAME" without the "" is the name of the VPN connection, (or more commonly knows as Network under Windows)

You can also add the above as an icon on your desktop for easy access.

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Can't believe that after switching from ooooold Windows 7 where opening VPN connection was a breeze now I have to do several clicks and go to network preferences to connect to VPN. That's not called progress.

Command prompt: I understand that you want to help... but... seriously ? Only viable solution is to report this and modify it, typing or cluttering desktop with shortcuts on is not really the way I want to open VPN connection.

Thanks,

Pavel

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I agree. Windows 10 should be more convenient, not less. In the popup menu, there is already a link to the settings window. So clicking on a VPN that opens the settings window feels like a bug. Please report this. Thanks.

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