How to get games to work with Hamachi on Windows 8


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

LogMeIn website

2. Start hamachi.msi

LogMeIn Hamachi - Setup icon

LogMeIn Hamachi – Setup icon

3. After installation, DO NOT launch Hamachi yet.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Setup

LogMeIn Hamachi – Setup

4. Open Metro view

Windows 8 - Metro

Windows 8 – Metro

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

Windows 8 - Metro - Search

Windows 8 – Metro – Search

6. Select Control panel from search results.

Windows 8 - Metro - Search results for control

Windows 8 – Metro – Search results for control

7. Click Network and Internet.

Windows 8 - Control panel - Network and Internet

Windows 8 – Control panel – Network and Internet

8. Click Network and Sharing center.

Windows 8 - Network - Connect to a network

Windows 8 – Network – Connect to a network

9. Click Change adapter settings from left panel.

Change adapter settings in Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Network and sharing center – Change adapter settings

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

Advanced network connection settings in Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Network connections – Advanced settings

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

Windows 8 – Advanced adapter settings

12. Right click Hamachi adapter and select Properties.

Network adapter properties in Windows 8

Windows 8 – Network adapter properties

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

TCP/IP properties in Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Network – TCP/IP properties

14. Click Advanced.

Advanced TCP/IP settings in Windows 8.

Windows 8 – TCP/IP – Advanced

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

Windows 8 adapter interface metric

Windows 8 – Advanced TCP/IP settings – Interface metric

16. Start Hamachi, and hit Power button.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Connect

LogMeIn Hamachi – Connect

17. Register your client.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Register client

LogMeIn Hamachi – Register client

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

Enable sharing between PC's on Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Network – Enable sharing between PC’s

19. Go to Manage -> Manage Networks.

LogMeIn Hamachi - Manage networks

LogMeIn Hamachi – Manage networks

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

LogMeIn website - Login

LogMeIn website – Login

21. Register for free account.

LogMeIn website - Create account

LogMeIn website – Create account

22. Click Create Networks

LogMeIn website - My 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

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

LogMeIn website – Add network step 2

25. Hit Finish.

LogMeIn website - Add network step 3

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

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

LogMeIn Hamachi – Join network

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

LogMeIn Hamachi - Connected

LogMeIn Hamachi – Connected

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

Change advanced sharing settings in Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Network and sharing center – Change advanced sharing settings

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

Turn on file and printer sharing on Windows 8.

Windows 8 – Advanced sharing settings – File and printer sharing

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

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

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!


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  • szametu

    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 )

    • JamieWiretuts

      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

        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.


  • Kristoff

    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. cdenczek @

  • Cen

    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

  • Mawille

    It says: “Cannot connect to engine”. When I’m trying to start. Is that a problem? (yes)

    • Horses

      Hit windows key + R and type “Services.msc”. Hit L and find “Logmein hamachi.” Click it and click start service.

  • John Bonilla

    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!

  • GirlsAreSoKawaii

    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

      I have the same problem, have you solved it yet? If so, please contact me!

      • Arthur Dayan

        You only need to put the hamachi on the listen of excessions of firewall

  • Galili

    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!

  • destiny342

    At point 11, hamachi wasn’t on the list, hamachi is installed an running but it isn’t on the list

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  • Justine Gene Furton

    it doesnt give me the pop out thing…… what should i do?

  • Bman

    This is fucking horse cocks

  • jamie b

    i know this is a old article so i might not get a answer, but i REALLLY need help with this. I cant do step 10, because the iphlpscv.dll is accessing the same info and i need to close it, but i have no clue what it is.

  • Camo5

    What if your friend ignored the network sharing prompt and it never showed up again? (point 18 failed)