Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Windows 8.1 VPN Settings

In Windows 8 after you had configured a VPN, you could right-click on a VPN connection and a context menu gave you two options:

  • View connection properties
  • Clear cached credentials

Windows 8 VPN context menu

The second item is really useful when your password for the VPN has changed, and you need to enter the new password.

Upgrading to Windows 8.1, this context menu doesn't seem to exist anymore. It seems that to modify connection properties or credentials, the only option is to search for "Change VPN Settings".

Windows 8.1 VPN Settings

Selecting a VPN connection then enables Edit and Remove buttons. Clicking Edit takes you to the Connection Properties screen, where you can update credentials and VPN proxy settings.

Strange that this is a bit harder under 8.1.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Upgrading to Windows 8.1

With Microsoft making Windows 8.1 available through MSDN, I thought I'd try upgrading an existing Windows 8 instance. The process was very smooth:

  1. I downloaded the appropriate .iso
  2. Opened the .iso file in Windows 8
  3. Ran setup.exe
  4. Entered license key
  5. Chose to keep existing settings and applications
  6. Wait a while and reboot
  7. Wait a while and then log in
  8. All done

The only problem I've noticed is that connecting the Mail and Calendar apps to an Exchange server with a self-signed certificate no longer works. I'd previously figured out a way to work around this for Windows 8, but it no longer works for 8.1.