Windows XP PPTP/L2TP VPN Setup Tutorial

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Connecting using PPTP

 Open Network Connections

First, open the Network Connections by going to the Start Menu and selecting Settings->Network Connections.
It may also be located in Settings->Control Panel->Network Connections. (Could Vary)

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When your control panel opens, double–click on Network and Dial–Up Connections.

Start Connection Wizard

When the Network Connections folder opens, double–click on New Connection Wizard.
You should see the New Connection Wizard screen. Click the Next button to continue.

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Select The Connection Type

Next, select Connect to the network at my workplace and click the Next button.

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Select The Connection

Next, select Virtual Private Network connection and click the Next button.

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Enter The Company Name

On this screen, type “VPNServicename” for the Company Name and click the Next button.
*ignore it says hideIPVPN in this image as this is our vpn service we use for the tutorials*

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Set auto-connect

On this screen, click Do not dial the initial connection and click the Next button.

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Type in the name or the IP address of the VPN server your provider has issued you with
Then click the Next button. (Ask your provider for the server/ip address)

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Set Username and Password

Next, we’ll set up the connection settings.

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Go back to your email documents, Your VPN Provider will have provided
you with a Username & Password to use their services you enter them here.

Finally tick Save this user name and password to store the information.

When you want to connect to your 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 be connected to their servers!

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

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Click the Security tab, then click the IPsec Setttings… button:

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In the next window, click the checkbox and type “your providers key as the key and click OK.

On the Next screen that displays click the Networking tab

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Next click the popup menu and change the Type of VPN from Automatic to L2TP IPsec VPN and click OK. That’s it!

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Connect To HideIPVPN

When you want to connect, 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 HideIPVPN

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