Network status is "Limited" when you use a force tunneling VPN connection in Windows 8

Applies to: Windows 8Windows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8 Pro


Assume that you connect a Window 8-based computer to a corporate network by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection over a wireless connection. You enable force tunneling by using one of following methods:
  • You run the following command:
    netsh int ipv4 set interface <interfacenum> ignoredefaultroutes=enabled
  • You open the Network Connections item in Control Panel, and then follow these steps:
    1. Right-click <VPN Name>, and then click Properties.
    2. In the <VPN Name> Properties dialog box, select the Networking tab.
    3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP IPv4), and then click Properties.
    4. In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP4) Properties dialog box, click Advanced....
    5. Click to select the Use default gateway on remote network check box.
In this situation, the connectivity status of the physical connection is displayed as "Limited," even though Internet connectivity functions correctly.


This issue occurs because the remote access interface is not published in the Wi-Fi interface stack. Additionally, restrictions are applied when amethod in the Windows Connection Manager (WCM) API aggregates connectivity.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 8.

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

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