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Just installed Windows 8 Enterprise on my work laptop.

I have configured my VPN connection (PPTP) like I had in Windows 7, but for some reason, I cannot find out where to select that I want to dial-up to my workplace before trying to logon to the domain.

Any ideas?


EDIT: I'm talking about logging in BEFORE logging into Windows, not after :)

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  1. Left click the networking icon on your task bar, and a fly-out menu shows up from the right side of the screen.
  2. The VPN connection is up towards the top. Left-click that, and a connection button appears.

For when you first log on, there's a "network logon" icon next to the "ease of access" icon on the lower left of the screen.

(This may have been set up by my corporate IT, YMMV)

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I'm talking about connecting to VPN before logging into Windows. In Windows 7, I could click "Change User", and click on a small icon down to the right on the login screen, and select to dial the VPN before logging into Windows. –  GurliGebis Aug 24 '12 at 19:58
Oh! Sorry. I'll edit my answer. –  Mark Allen Aug 24 '12 at 20:43
Hmm, thats interresting, on my machine, there is only the Ease of access icon in the lower left corner. What kind of VPN are you using? PPTP? –  GurliGebis Aug 24 '12 at 20:53
Nevermind, I feel like such an i**ot right now, since it is right there on the button when I click the back arrow. –  GurliGebis Aug 24 '12 at 20:54
Not at all, it's a new OS so some things are going to take some getting used to. :) –  Mark Allen Aug 24 '12 at 20:56

If a Win 8 domain joined machine you need to re-enable Ctrl+Alt+Del it then gives you the option to authenticate to the domain using the VPN before logon after selecting "switch user". It is outlined in the following link:

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If you setup the VPN using the "Metro" interface in Windows 8, there is no option to share it with other users. Instead you need to use the "Set up a new connection or network" option under "Network and Sharing Center", which is outlined in these screenshots from Windows 7. On one of the "Connect to a workplace" pages you will find a option to "Allow other people to use this connection" which when enabled will allow you to use an icon on the login page to connect to the VPN.

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