I've set up a VPN connection to my work network on my home Windows 8.1 machine. I can easily connect to the VPN connection from the Networks pane (Desktop > Taskbar > Networks icon). However, once connected there is no Disconnect button in the Networks pane. So how am I supposed to disconnect the VPN connection?

The only way I've found is to use the Search charm to find and open the Network and Sharing Center, then click on the link for the VPN connection then click on the Disconnect button. This seems very long-winded, however, so I assume there is quicker method I've missed.

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Win 8.1 I seem to have an icon in the system tray, looks like a monitor with a wire running up it's left hand side. Hovering the mouse pointer on this Icon shows "Network Internet Access" Click on it. Brings up on the right hand side a purple region (sorry don't know it's name) which shows your internet connection icon and your VPN icon. Click once to connect. Click again to disconnect.

Simples :-)

  • Must have missed something. You're right, it was simple!
    – SimonTewsi
    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01

I have a wintel 8.1 laptop and the ONLY way I found I could PROPERLY disconnect from a vpn setup using the windows 8.1 GUI was to do this:

  1. Open the network & sharing center and click view adaptor settings (or navigate to: Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections)
  2. Right click the adaptor that represents the VPN,
  3. Select status, a small status window pops up.
  4. In the status window it shows the status of the VPN,
  5. In the lower portion of the status window you will see 3 buttons, click the middle one titled disconnect, viola! it actually disconnects, and the icon is properly greyed out to signify this.

I found that: It's fruitless clicking the VPN in the 'charms style' menu on the right of the screen to disconnect, it doesn't actually disconnect, this can be confirmed with an ipconfig in a cmd window or viewing the afore mentioned status window of the connection, or even the fact that the VPN icon is not 'greyed out' at least in my case anyway,

Also I found that the buttons in the top of the 'network connections' window do not function, and in fact the only way I can connect to any of the VPNs I manage I have to connect via the charms menu, and disconnect via the status window unless I want to drop down to a cmd prompt

I hope this is useful to someone...

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    – lzam
    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:36

You can use the command line:

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 add the above as an icon on your desktop.

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