We have already reported several hidden features in the latest Windows 11 build 25247. However, the latest update continues to give – users discovered that the update contains a new VPN indicator in the notification area, allowing you to Quickly check if your computer is connected to a VPN.
It’s worth pointing out that the current state of the feature seems half-baked. You can spot the new VPN indicator (in the screenshot to the right) only when you’re using a wired connection – no eye candy for those using Wi-Fi. Another major limitation is that the system’s exploitation cannot recognize third-party VPN apps, so the network indicator will remain unchanged if you access a VPN using its dedicated app.
You need to manually set up a VPN connection in the Settings app to see the new indicator in action. Some VPN services provide guides on connecting using Windows built-in networking tools, so you should check your provider’s website for instructions.
The updated network icon in Windows 11 build 25247 is a work in progress, so expect Microsoft to tweak it a bit more before unveiling it to Windows Insiders (add Wi-Fi support, for example). If waiting isn’t an option, use the ViveTool app to force-enable it. Here’s how to do it (credits for discovery go to @GhostOfEarth).
Caution: Unadvertised features are often crude, unstable, or borderline useless. They can also break other things. Back up important data before enabling hidden options using the ViveTool application. Avoiding pre-release software is the best way to ensure that your system remains as bug-free as possible.
How to enable VPN indicator in notification area in Windows 11 build 25247?
- Download ViveTool from GitHub and unzip the files to a convenient location.
- Hurry Win + X and select Terminal (administrator).
- Switch from windows terminal to command prompt profile by pressing Ctrl+Shift+2 or by clicking the down arrow button at the top of the window.
- Navigate to the folder containing the unzipped files using the CD command. For example, if you extracted ViveTool to C:Vive, type CD C:Vive.
- Type vivetool /enable /id:38113452 and press Walk in. Replace /enable with /disable if you want to revert the entity to its original state.
- Restart your computer.
- Connect to a virtual private network from the Settings app or using a dedicated button in the Action Center.
What do you think of the new VPN indicator? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.