Q: In Windows Vista and later, how do I stop Remote Access Service connections from closing at log off?

A: In Windows XP creating the DWORD registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\KeepRasConnections and setting to 1 would keep Remote Access Service (RAS) connections open even after a logoff. This no longer works in Windows Vista and later. However, all that has really happened is the key has changed. For Windows Vista and later, perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan\Parameters (if the key doesn’t exist, create it).
  3. Create a new value called KeepRasConnections of type REG_SZ.
  4. Set the new value to have a value of 1.

We do more than Windows--check out all of John Savill's FAQs for Windows.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.