Windows Vista OpenVPN Setup Tutorial


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Windows Vista OpenVPN Setup Tutorial

Download OpenVPN from  OpenVPN download page (openvpn-2.2.2-install.exe)
Note that this tutorial was made for OpenVPN 2.1.4 version but it should be the same as for old/new one.

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Ask your VPN Provider for their “.ovpn” settings file (If they support OpenVPN)
Then they will have a settings file containing a list of all their servers you can use

Copy these files to C:Program FilesOpenVPNconfig folder.

After you’ll extract configuration files you’ll find password.txt file, edit with notepad and replace username and password
words with your VPN username and password (This sometimes is included in your welcome email).

Go to Start -> All Programs -> OpenVPN and start OpenVPN GUI. You may receive the following message:

OpenVPN GUI is already running.

IF that doesn’t work and you have an error you are not running the app under administrator so follow these steps below.

To Set OpenVPN Gui to run as Administrator
Go to the desktop OpenVPN icon and right-click on it.

You’ll see a dialog with a check box for Run as administrator.


From now on, OpenVPN Gui will always run as administrator if you use the shortcut to launch it.
(You’ll be prompted by UAC if you have it enabled).

In the toolbar, you will now see a symbol for OpenVPN (two red screens). Right click on the icon with the mouse, choose the
server you want to connect and click Connect. (The following screenshot is our vpn service list Yours will look similar to this)


If you run OpenVPN with no password save then you’ll be asked to enter your VPN username and password.
A successful VPN connection will be shown above the OpenVPN symbol. During a connection, the two little screens will be green.

Vista Problems

Different versions of Vista sometimes behave differently and, with the installation of updates, sometimes change. In some cases, OpenVPN works fine for a while and then stops working due to a change in Vista. In cases where right clicking does not solve the issue, you can set the UAC to allow software to run as administrator by default.

  • Open the “Control Panel”.
  • Under “User Account and Family” settings click “Add or remove user account”.
  • Click on your user account.
  • Click on “Go to the main User Account page”.
  • Under “Make changes to your user account” click on “Change security settings”.
  • Under “Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure” click to unselect the “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”. Click on the Ok button.
  • You will be prompted to reboot your computer. Do so when ready.


To disconnect, just right click on the OpenVPN server you where connected and select Disconnect.