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

By Jake Edwards | Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Permalink | 5 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

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