I'll try the app and the batch file later but to pick up on some of your comments:
I unpaused the previous app but the VPN still showed no sign of connecting.
All my connections show up in the Network Connections window so I can connect/disconnect them from there and I can open that by right clicking on the icon for Network Activity Indicator which stays in the tray all the time, but I do not want to keep opening a window every time which is why I do not want an app with a GUI, nor does it provide an icon to show the VPN is connected.
Your idea about cutting out the X batch files makes sense to me and as I said I will try it later, remember that my understanding of these things is somewhat limited and I have been basically putting together various scripts that I have found online so it is almost certain that there is a more efficient way to do what I am trying to do.
It's like the question I asked at the end of Reply 7 in THIS
thread, my only way of answering it will be by trial and error, at the moment each new type of batch file is taking me an average of 10 hours to sort out.
I have never tried to run a batch file with an already established connection but if I was trying to change connections in that way I would simply have to click it twice, the first time to disconnect the old connection (thats why I made the OFF file non-specific), the second time to connect the new one.
I already have a number of launchers for various things and I do not want to install another, the sole purpose of any additional program is to put an icon in the system tray to indicate the connection is active and then remove the icon when it is not.
I will try NetConnected as I said but if that leaves an icon in the tray when there is no VPN connected it is not what I want.
When there is no VPN running there should be nothing else associated with them running (i.e. an app) and nothing visible (i.e. an icon).
The ON files read as follows:
rasdial "VPN Name" "Username" "Password"
The image below shows the left hand end of my taskbar, the first 3 icons are in Quick Launch, the next 3 in an additional toolbar:
From left to right the shortcuts are as follows:
Quick Launch: Router Connection, TAP-Win32 adaptor, LAN.
Second Toolbar: EU VPN, UK VPN, US VPN. (All PPTP)
All I want to do is continue using the same PPTP shortcuts but with (A) the ability to toggle the connections, which I can now do with the batch files, and (B) put an icon in the system tray, (only) when a connection is 'on'.
I'll be back when I have tried out the latest suggestions.
Many thanks for the help by the way.