Date posted: 09 Jan 2016

Windows 10: Enable 8.1 fly-out style WiFi / VPN menu

I’m not the only one who is annoyed by the new Windows 10 way to connect to VPN connections. The new route takes a lot of new clicks, just to connect to a VPN! The old Windows 8 style was a lot faster. Since I frequently change connections at work, It’s a recurring annoyance everyday :-(.

Today, I’ve found out that there is a simple registry setting to revert the dialogs to the old Windows 8 style.

Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Network\ReplaceVan

Values:

0 - Default
1 - Network settings in settings app
2 - Windows 8 style

Note: you’ll need adminstrator rights to change the settings, or use a tool like RegOwnershipEx to change the settings. Take ownership of the folder and then open the register editor to change the value.

Thanks to Nick Craver, for mentioning it was possible to change it.