How to quickly access Network Connections in Windows Vista, Seven or Server 2008 ?

Posted: November 4, 2009 in Computer and Internet

In the “old days” when you wanted to change the properties of a network connection you simply right clicked on the Network icon, that being in the Explorer, the Start menu or on the Network icon in the taskbar, choose Properties and you could access any type of network connection that was known by your system.
Now since Windows Vista Microsoft added the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel. As a result when you now right click any of the network icons mentioned above you go to …. yep, the Network and Sharing Center. If you want to manage your network connections in Vista and Server 2008 you have to click on Manage network Connections. They be honest, I never liked the extra step to get to my network connections windows. I was hoping that they would change this again in Windows Seven and Server 2008 R2 and they did! Now you have to click in Change adapter settings in the Network and Sharing Center. This opens a new window that contains all of your network connections. Not what I had in mind… 🙂

As most admins I like to use shortcuts to open the window I need without browsing through the Start menu, you know like; eventvwr, dsa.msc, compmgmt.msc, cmd … etc. Well, here is tip I use to open my network properties window without going via the Network and Sharing Center.
Open up the Run window by pressing the Windows-key + R, and then type in ncpa.cpl and hit enter et voila.

Who says Windows admins don’t use the command line :p

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