Windows 7 PPTP/L2TP VPN Setup Tutorial

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Connecting using PPTP

Open Network Connections

First, Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel. Then choose Set up a new connection or network.

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In the next window, choose  Connect to a workplace.

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In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

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Type in the name or the IP address of your VPN Service Provider (They will have provided you with this)
You have to check the email you have received when you have paid for the account for that information.

Enter Any name as the name the connection in the destination name box (you can name it as you want). Then click Next.

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In the next window, enter your user name and password for the VPN access. And click Create

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You’re all set if you see the next window as below.
You should see this screen next. Click the “Close” button to return to the “Network and Internet” screen.

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In the Connect to a network screen, you should see the New VPN connection that you have just set up.

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Right–click on the VPN connection document, and choose Properties from the menu.

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In the VPN Properties select tab “Security”:

1) click on the Type of VPN – “Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)”
2) click on the Data encryption – “Optional encryption (connect even if no encryption)
3) select Allow these protocols and tick as shown in the following picture

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Next select tab “Networking”: put the ticks as shown in the following picture and click OK.

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The connection is now ready to use. In order to connect/disconnect to the VPN
right click on the connection icon (viewable at Change adapter settings) and select connect/disconnect.

Disconnect From HideIPVPN

To disconnect from a VPN connection, right-click the icon for the connection, and then click “Disconnect”.


Connecting using L2TP

By default, Windows sets the VPN connection type to PPTP. For better security, you should continue and set your connection up to be an L2TP/IPsec connection. To do that follow all the steps from the above tutorial but STOP when you get to the diagram below, Then follow on from this tutorial.

In the Connect to a network screen, you should see the New VPN connection that you have just set up.

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Right–click on the VPN connection document, and choose Properties from the menu.

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In the VPN Properties, click on the Type of VPN pop–up menu (hilighted in red) and select L2TP/IPsec.

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Next, click on the IPsec Settings… button (highlighted in red).

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In the IPsec Settings dialog, click the radio button labelled Use preshared key for authentication (highlighted in green).
Then type key your vpn provider give you into the textbox labelled Key (highlighted in blue). Then click the OK button (highlighted in red).

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You’re finished! Click the OK button to save your settings.

Connect To VPN

When you want to connect to vpn, just double–click on the connection and click the Connect button.
Enter your username and password (if you didn’t save it), and you’ll connect!

Disconnect From VPN

To disconnect from a VPN connection, right-click the icon for the connection, and then click Disconnect.