Windows 11 now has a dedicated VPN indicator in the notification area


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.The VPN Indicator in Windows 11

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?

  1. Download ViveTool from GitHub and unzip the files to a convenient location.
  2. Hurry Win + X and select Terminal (administrator).
  3. 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.The Windows Terminal app showing how to switch from PowerShell profile to Command Prompt profile
  4. 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.
  5. Type vivetool /enable /id:38113452 and press Walk in. Replace /enable with /disable if you want to revert the entity to its original state.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. 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.


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