Quickly connect to a VPN on Windows 10 (revisited)

Update (June ’17): it has taken more than 1,5 years since I posted this, but the Windows 10 “Creators Update” finally contains a Connect button right in the Network Connections flyout… 🙂

Earlier I wrote about a trick to make Windows 10 connect to a VPN with a single action (double-click) instead of three or more. I recently found that this trick had a limitation: it only worked because the username and password for my VPN connection were the same as the username and password of the Windows 10 computer I was using (a local account). On another Windows 10 pc that was using a Microsoft account, it failed telling me the username / password was not correct:

Remote Access error 691 – The remote connection was denied because the user name and password combination you provided is not recognized, or the selected authentication protocol is not permitted on the remote access server.

Because it worked on the first pc, I assumed that rasdial used the username/password I stored in the VPN configuration. It looks like it doesn’t, but uses your Windows username/password instead (need to verify this). One could discuss whether that is a bug or a feature, but in the end, the result is that it doesn’t work for me.

So I started looking for alternatives. Other tricks I found involved storing the username/password in the command file, but I did not want to do that. The solution is to not use rasdial, but it’s nephew rasphone.

Change the line

rasdial "My VPN connection name here"


rasphone -d "My VPN connection name here"

Mind the -d before the name of the connection.

It shows the familiar connecting dialog, instead of the command line window, and it just works.

Making TrueCrypt system favorite volumes stick in Windows 10

In the last paragraph of Upgrading a TrueCrypt-protected system to Windows 10 I wrote simply that you should re-add your secondary volumes to the system favorite volumes to have them mounted automatically. That turned out to be a bit too simple. Despite adding my data volume to system favorites, upon (re)boot the volume would sometimes be mounted and sometimes not. A reboot would always work correctly, but shutting down and booting later, the volume often disappeared.

This happens because of Windows 10’s hybrid quick boot scheme. (Which was also present in Windows 8, so this may be old news for some of you, but I went directly from 7 to 10 so I skipped that.) Lees meer over dit bericht

Quickly connect to a VPN on Windows 10

vpn11All-in-all I am very happy with my upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. The procedure was smooth and almost (more on that later) everything still worked like a charm, out-of-the-box, despite having lots of not-so-obvious software on the machine. (Comes with the job as a developer, I guess.)

However, one minor thing very soon annoyed me on Win10 and that was the crappy user experience for connecting to a VPN, despite that shiny new VPN button in the new Action center (btw, action center tip: use WinKey+A), which in itself looked like good idea. Lees meer over dit bericht

Upgrading a TrueCrypt-protected system to Windows 10

I have protected my (Windows 7) development computer’s system volume with Truecrypt and pre-boot authentication. To upgrade a system like this to Windows 10 when it is offered to you, is almost as easy as any other system, but you need to plan ahead! Here’s a really easy how-to. Lees meer over dit bericht