Windows 8 VPN error 942

After installing Windows 8 RTM, I tried to setup a VPN connection as usual. On Windows 7 it was really trivial, it didn’t ask anything beside the VPN server address and the login credentials. However on Winodws 8 I got the following error message:

Error 942:

The connection could not be established because the authentication method used by your connection profile is not permitted for use by an access policy configured on the RAS/VPN server. Specifically, this could be due to configuration differences between the authentication method selected on the RAS/VPN server and the access policy configured for it.

You can find the problem on the Security tab of the VPN connection Properties window. By default none of the Authentication radio button are selected:


The solution: explicitly select an authentication method. Thank God, it doesn’t work without it Mosolygó arc


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25 thoughts on “Windows 8 VPN error 942

  1. Robert_Currie

    From a UI perspective this was a very poor choice by Microsoft. A radio button is supposed to have at least one option defaulted. A radio button by definition is a mutually expclusive option. Meaning one or the the other not none or the other. Once you have selected an option there is no way to go back to none selected.

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  6. PagboZ

    Thank you for this clear fix; skimmed hours off a job I was beginning to worry might take all day.

  7. kazaap

    This worked – Windows 8.1 – Control Panel -> Network and Internet ->Network and Sharing Center-> Right click on “your” VPN and do the above.

  8. Flash

    8.1, If you cant see your errant VPN connection, select “Change adapter Settings” and then it will become visible to right click on.


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