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I have been trying for hours to find any info on how to reconnect to a PPTP VPN automatically. In Windows 7 there was an option to auto reconnect and how many redial attempts etc.

I can not find that in Windows 8.

Have they removed it? Are they going to add this functionality? I have to have my vpn connected for long periods unattended. This is a deal breaker for me I will be going back to Windows 7 if I can not find a solution.

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I too faced similar issue and hence coded a small tool in c# to provide redial functionality to dial up connection. You can download and use this tool from here Windows 8 Redialer

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See the proposed answer here - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/771eeb9a-77e6-428f-8e23-3433d1421757/

In brief:

  1. Using Task Scheduler, add a scheduled task.
  2. Add two triggers for the scheduled task. One using the advanced XML query <QueryList> <Query Id="0" Path="Application"> <Select Path="Application">*[System[Provider[@Name='RasClient'] and (EventID=20226)]] and *[EventData[Data[4]='829' or '629']]</Select> </Query> </QueryList>

    and the other triggering on event log: Microsoft-Windows-NetworkProfile/Operational, source: NetworkProfile, Event ID: 10000

  3. Add one action, to run "rasdial.exe" with parameters vpn-name username password
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Please include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link only for reference. –  slhck May 19 '13 at 8:42
And if you are using the laptop, do NOT forget to clear the checkbox [X] Start the task only if the computer is on the AC power in task Conditions tab. –  miroxlav May 20 '14 at 20:04
I wouldn't recommend this approach as it requires storing your password in plaintext (xml files for task scheduler). –  Neil Barnwell Jun 3 at 12:58

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