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How to get games to work with Hamachi on Windows 8

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Play old lan games over internet using Hamachi

Finally here! How to get games to work with Hamachi on Windows 8! Hamachi doesn't work? You can't ping your friends? Some of your friends can see your game, but some don't? We've had all of those mentioned problems, and we managed to get all work with these steps.

1. Go to -> Hamachi download page . Accept conditions and hit "Download Now".

LogMeIn website - Download now

2. Start hamachi.msi

LogMeIn Hamachi - Setup icon

3. After installation, DO NOT launch Hamachi yet.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Setup

4. Open Metro view

Windows 8 - Metro

5. Do not click anything, just type control with your keyboard, and search will open automatically.

Windows 8 - Metro - Search

6. Select Control panel from search results.

Windows 8 - Metro - Search results for control

7. Click Network and Internet.

Windows 8 - Control panel - Network and Internet

8. Click Network and Sharing center.

Windows 8 - Network - Connect to a network

9. Click Change adapter settings from left panel.

Change adapter settings in Windows 8.

10. Press Alt key from keyboard and hidden menu pops up. Click Advanced -> Advanced Settings.

Advanced network connection settings in Windows 8.

11. Select Hamachi from list and press upper arrow until Hamachi is on the top of the list. Then select TCP/IPv4 from bindings for Hamachi list.

Advanced adapter settings for Hamachi

12. Right click Hamachi adapter and select Properties.

Network adapter properties in Windows 8

13. Select TCP/IPv4 from list and click Properties.

TCP/IP properties in Windows 8.

14. Click Advanced.

Advanced TCP/IP settings in Windows 8.

15. Uncheck automatic metric and write 1 to interface metric.

Windows 8 adapter interface metric

16. Start Hamachi, and hit Power button.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Connect

17. Register your client.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Register client

18. This should pop up when you are connected. Click Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.

Turn on sharing and connect to devices in Windows 8

19. Go to Manage -> Manage Networks.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Manage networks

20. You should see LogMeIn website in front of you. Click Manage Hamachi for Free.

LogMeIn website - Login

21. Register for free account.

LogMeIn website - Create account

22. Click Create Networks

LogMeIn website - My networks

23. Give name to your network and be sure that your network type is Mesh. Click continue.

LogMeIn website - Add network step 1

24. I use "Accept automatically" setting join requests, so i don't have to accept every user that joins to my network. If you want to be sure that only your friends can connect to your network, select "Must be approved".

Network password is that password that you give to your friends, so they can join to your network. Select free subscription and hit Continue.

LogMeIn website - Add network step 2

25. Hit Finish.

LogMeIn website - Add network step 3

26. This is the ID that you give to your friends so they can join to network.

LogMeIn website - Edit network

27. Open Hamachi and click Join an existing network, fill your network id and pass to input fields and hit Join.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Join network

28. Green icon on the left side of your network name shows that it works.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Connected

29. Go to Network and Sharing Center and click Change advanced sharing settings.

Change advanced sharing settings in Windows 8.

30. Select Turn on file and printer sharing and Save settings.

Turn on file and printer sharing on Windows 8.

31. Last thing what i do is that, i add Hamachi's two executable's to my internet security's trusted application list.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 - Trusted applications

NAT-Routing and port-forwarding

If your internet connection is NAT-routed, it is possible that you have to add port-forwarding settings to your router. Here is the ports that Hamachi uses:
TCP 12975 (initiator port)
TCP 32976 (session port)
UDP 17771 (relay connection port)

I checked my network monitor:

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 - Network Monitor

Hamachi is currently using 12975, but its good to forward all of those 3 ports. So that's it! Me and my friends setup Hamachi like this, and we can ping each other and see created LAN games. We have played Torchlight 2, WarCraft 3, Supreme Commander 1, etc. You should be able to play all LAN games if you do all steps right!


What if your friend ignored the network sharing prompt and it never showed up again? (point 18 failed)
Justine Gene Furton - July 17, 2014
it doesnt give me the pop out thing...... what should i do?
gamerx - May 9, 2014
destiny342 - March 30, 2014
At point 11, hamachi wasn't on the list, hamachi is installed an running but it isn't on the list
Worked! Many thanks!
For some reason, IPv6 was also checked on my Windows 8.1 (and I disabled it), and the I.P. address on step 14 wasn't dynamic (and I made it dynamic).Tons of thanks for the help!
GirlsAreSoKawaii - December 23, 2013
Well... at point 11
I don't have hamachi on that list...
I have hamachi installed and running, but it's not on the list
Artur Marinho - July 9, 2014
I have the same problem, have you solved it yet? If so, please contact me!
Arthur Dayan - October 22, 2014
You only need to put the hamachi on the listen of excessions of firewall
John Bonilla - December 8, 2013
On step 18, I never got the popup. In Hamachi's properties, it didn't have a specific IP address or DNS server, so I put them to be automatically assigned. In addition, Hamachi has the IPv6 enabled, too. What should I do? Thanks!
Mawille - October 18, 2013
It says: "Cannot connect to engine". When I'm trying to start. Is that a problem? (yes)
Horses - October 21, 2013
Hit windows key + R and type "Services.msc". Hit L and find "Logmein hamachi." Click it and click start service.
For step 18 I chose the wrong option and i cannot change it to a private network now. It doesn't show up as a connection on my comp .... It just shows up in the network and sharing center set to public
Here is a pic of wat it looks like
Dave - July 28, 2013
It doesn't even give me the option to say yes... Please help us....
I didn't get the Option either (not the same as on the screenshot), but I found that you can get the question to appear again by going to "Homegroup" in Step 9, and clicking connect to a homegroup.
Kristoff - June 15, 2013
Still having a bit of trouble. I never had a default gateway upon doing the steps, so, no clue what's going on there. Going to try resolving a couple of other things, but please, send me an email or something to help me out in case we didn't get this.
szametu - April 4, 2013
ok, can i just ask why metric should be set up with 1 ? as far i can tell it shouldn't be change at piont ( imo )
Wiretuts - April 5, 2013
If you want, you can google about "hamachi metric", and you can see that it have been solution to many people. But it varies what number works best with you."Users of Windows Vista and Windows 7 attempting to host or join gaming sessions will still not be able to do it. This is because of a design flaw. "Broadcast" packets ignore the priority network setting. You will therefore have to manually change the metrics of the Hamachi adapter in order to solve this problem."
szametu - April 5, 2013
work by default. on every single windows. and yes, i know how to set up hamachi - i'm using it since early beta 0.9.x version.just want to know if it's rely works for any other ppl.szametu