Problem with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 connecting to Windows 2003 VPN server via VPN

Posted on 2014-08-19
Last Modified: 2014-08-19
Hi all,

I'm hoping someone here on EE can help me or has a solution to a Windows 8 VPN problem.

I have a Windows 2003 standard server that runs and handles VPN services/connections;for some reason I cannot connect to my VPN network with a Windows 8.1 machine using the OS default VPN application.

I messed around with the different security setting but none of the setting seems to work for me. I keep getting different authentication error. One of the error I received is an VPN 800 error.

I don't know if this is a compatibility issue with Windows 8.1 or if 8.1 standard doesn't have the network features that allow you to connect to domain network running on an older system. On a different forum, some mentioned that Windows 8.1 Professional is the solution but I haven't tried it  because I currently don't have a computer with Pro is installed to test it.

Anyone has this problem? Can someone verify that upgrading to Window 8.1 Pro is the solution to my problem? Any workaround will be greatly appreciated?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:NatoMas
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    If you are using Windows 8 (8.1) with no added identifier, you are using Windows 8 Home and it will not work with Servers.

    I have Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and it works fine with Server 2003. I have been connecting to Server 2003 for a while now with Windows 8 / 8.1.

    If by VPN, I use IPsec VPN and still no difficulties.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Sounds like upgrading to Pro will solve my problem. I will test it as soon as I upgrade to Pro and will update my posting with the results.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks John for your help and the quick reply.
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    Expert Comment

    by:John Hurst
    @ NatoMas  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.

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