FIX: Windows 10 VPN Doesn't Connect from System tray but it Connects from Network Settings.

Last updated on November 15th, 2019

A few days ago, I faced the following weird problem on a Windows 10 Pro (v1809) based computer, when I tried to connect to a workplace using VPN: The VPN connection doesn't connect from the System tray icon in the taskbar (stuck on "Connecting"), but it connects from the Network Settings.


VPN Connection Does Not Work from System tray - Windows 10

Problem in details: When you click "Connect" from the VPN Connection shortcut in Taskbar, the VPN connection doesn't work (the indicator stays forever at "Connecting to…" phase), but it works and connects immediately, if you start the VPN connection, from the Network & Internet settings.

How to fix: VPN Connection Doesn't Work from its VPN shortcut (icon) in Taskbar, but it Works from Network Settings.

At first, when I faced the above issue, I tried the following (usual) procedure to resolve the VPN Connection problem, but without any luck.

1. Reboot your computer.
2. Check the VPN Connection settings.
2. Temporarily disable your Antivirus/Security program.
4. Delete and recreate the VPN connection.

To resolve the "VPN connection is not connected by the system tray but is connected by Network Settings" issue in Windows 10,  apply the steps bellow:

Step 1. Set Windows Firewall to ON.

First of all make sure, that the Windows Firewall is running. To do that:*

* Note: If you have previously disabled the Windows Firewall, you must enable it.

1. Go to Settings -> Update and Security.
Click Windows Security at the left pane and then click Firewall & network protection at the right.


FIX: Windows 10 VPN Doesn't Connect from System tray but it Connects from Network Settings

3. Check if the Firewall is On, at all listed networks (Domain, Private & Public), otherwise set it to OΝ and restart your computer.

enable windows firewall

Step 2. Fix Taskbar issues.

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following path:

  • C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\

2. Right click at powershell.exe and select Run As Administrator.

vpn connection shortcut does not connect

3. At PowerShell. copy and paste the following command and then press Enter.*

  • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

*Note: During the command execution you'll receive some errors, which can be safely ignored.


4. When the command is completed, try to start the VPN connection from it's shortcut icon in taskbar.
5. Restart the PC. The problem should be fixed. *

* Note: If the problem is not fixed, follow the instructions below, to create a shortcut of the VPN connection on your desktop, until Microsoft fixes the bug.

1. Simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. In command prompt, copy and paste the following command and press OK.

    • %AppData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\pbk



2. Right-click at rasphone.pbk and Create Shortcut

create vpn shortcut


3. Move the created shortcut on your desktop.
4. Double-click at the "rasphone.pbk-rasphone.pbk " to connect to VPN.



That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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