Windows 8 PPTP/L2TP VPN Setup Tutorial

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Connect with 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 and click Next.

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

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Under Internet address type the name or IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to.
Check the email you have received when you have paid for your VPN account. The server addresses will be listed.

Then enter Any-name (PPTP) as the name of the connection in the Destination name box (you can name it anything). 

Once you’ve completed this step just click Create.

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Now navigate to the system tray and click on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner.

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Right–click on the VPN  (PPTP) connection, and choose Properties from the menu.

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Under Security Tab for Type of VPN select “Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)”.
Tick on “Allow these protocols” then tick on “Microsoft CHAP version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)” and click OK.

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Almost done, Click again on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner, find VPN (PPTP) connection
and click connect. Now Type “” (without quotes) then your VPN username and password and click OK.

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Done, your Windows 8 now should be connected to the VPN server via PPTP protocol.

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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 when you get to the final connection box, click the Properties button.

Now navigate to the system tray and click on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner.

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Right–click on the VPN  (L2TP) connection, and choose Properties from the menu.

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Under Security Tab for Type of VPN select “Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)”
Then click Advanced settings button, enter preshared key: “Ask your VPN Provider for this” and click OK.

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Tick on “Allow these protocols” then tick on “Microsoft CHAP version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)” and click OK.

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Almost done, Click again on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner, find VPN (L2TP) connection
and click connect. Type “” (without quotes) then your VPN username and password and click OK.

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Done, your Windows 8 now should be connected to the VPN server via L2TP/IPsec protocol.

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