If you’re setting up 802.1x on your Network connection but can’t see the Authentication tab, make sure the “Wireless Zero Configuration” service is running.

  1. Start > Run… > services.msc
  2. Find the Wireless Zero Configuration service.
  3. Right click on it, and choose “Start”.

The Authentication tab will then appear on your Network connection properties.

Yes, I know. But apparently, to get 802.1x support, you need to enable a Wireless service, even though you may well be using it on a wired connection. Intuitive, eh?