In Windows 8.1, there appear to be 2 ways to create a VPN connection. One way is through the 'Metro' interface, PC Settings > Network > Add VPN Connection. The second way is the 'Windows 7' way, Control Panel > Network And Sharing Center > Set up a new connection or network > Connect to a workplace > Create a new connection > Use my Internet connection (VPN).

In the 'Metro' wizard, there is a drop down to select a specific type of VPN provider (screenshot below). Selecting the type of VPN is not in the 'Windows 7' wizard.

In the 'Windows 7' wizard, there is a check box that says 'Allow other people to use this connection', but I cannot find an equivalent option for a VPN created through the 'Metro' interface. Where is this 'Allow other people to use this connection' setting stored?

My end goal is to have a connection for a specific VPN provider that is available to all users of the PC.


Screenshot showing the specific VPN providers included in Windows 8.1:

screen shot showing the specific VPN providers in Win 8.1

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    Juniper is Juniper Networks - nothing to do with Windows 8.1 "built-in". I'm unsure if the Juniper client can do connections for all users...
    – Kinnectus
    Jul 25, 2014 at 20:06
  • I updated the question to generalize it. Although I am specifically working with the Juniper provider, the problem exists for all VPN providers built-in to Win 8.1.
    – Matt
    Jul 25, 2014 at 21:33
  • This simply creates an SSTP connection for me. You sure there’s some actual “magic” involved?
    – Daniel B
    Jul 25, 2014 at 21:50
  • According to a MS forum the only way to create a VPN connection using the Windows "built-in" VPN client that supports allowing other users to connect using the connection you create is through the wizard that you've already detailed. The forum says that if you need to change a VPN to allow other users to connect you need to recreatethe VPN but tick to allow other users.
    – Kinnectus
    Jul 25, 2014 at 21:50
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    The option likely isn't offered for some technical reason. I suggest using the desktop method until the Metro method is updated in the future by Microsoft. You can also share the VPN connection using some other method.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 25, 2014 at 23:02


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