Internet Connection Sharing has been disabled by the Network Administrator – Windows 8

By Jake Edwards | Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Permalink | 9 Comments

To manually workaround this issue you need to jump into the registry to enable ICS.
This is usually deployed via Group Policy on a domain network.

As usual, be careful editing the registry.

The Workaround

  1. Start > Run > gpedit.msc
  2. Locate;
    • Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Network Connections
  3. Disable the following policies;
    • Prohibit installation and configuration of Network Bridge on your DNS domain network
    • Prohibit use of Internet Connection Firewall on your DNS domain network
    • Prohibit use of Internet Connection Sharing on your DNS domain network
    • Require domain users to elevate when setting a network’s location
  4. Start > Run > regedit
  5. Locate;
    • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections
  6. Add/update a registry DWORD entry for the following, and set it to 1;
    • NC_PersonalFirewallConfig
    • NC_ShowSharedAccessUI

Thanks to Jeff for the find.

  1. doesn´t work on windows 10

    Comment by risk — October 19, 2016 @ 6:13 am

  2. Worked perfect on windows 7

    Comment by John Smith — November 9, 2016 @ 5:03 am

  3. it worked for Win10

    Comment by Richi — January 9, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

  4. This worked for wifi, but when I revert to Local Area Connection, I get the same “Internet Connection Sharing has been Disabled by Network Administrator” message.

    Not sure how to proceed!

    Comment by KimK — March 30, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

  5. This worked on windows 10. Although I did not have to alter anything on registry. Only changed group policy and it worked

    Thank You GUY.

    Comment by ቶ — September 13, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

  6. It worked for me in Windows 10 Pro.
    Thanks a lot!!!!

    Comment by JC — December 19, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

  7. Worked for me in Windows 7. Thanks!

    Comment by Wes — March 7, 2018 @ 4:54 am

  8. Registry worked on Win10. Thanks!

    Comment by Vincent — April 10, 2018 @ 3:33 pm

  9. Instructions to empower Internet connection sharing, as a matter of first importance, open up the Start menu right tap on PC and tap on the oversee choice once the PC administration window opens up double tap on administrations and applications and proceeds onward to administrations in the center sheet find the internet connection sharing select

    Comment by Lenora R. Hathaway — May 7, 2018 @ 12:38 am

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