Simple: How to Connect a VPN in Windows

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We get asked many times, How do we connect to our providers VPN service we are renting from them?
Well 99.9% of the time, if you check out the service providers own website. You will see not only how
To connect to their VPN via Windows OS. But also how to connect with a wide range of other OS’s and devices.

IF for some reason your service provider doesn’t have a setup guide on their own website for their own services.
Then please choose a new provider. There’s no reason what so ever, a service provider cannot provide details on their website.

If you insist on sticking with them (for what ever reason) then here’s the most simple tutorial to get you started.

Windows 7

To connect to a VPN on Windows 7, we need to start by simply pressing the Windows key
And, type “VPN“, when you’ve done that, now just press Enter and wait for the next step.

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Now when you signed up for your VPN, they would of no doubt given you some details.
These normally can be found by either logging into your account on their website. Or in your e-mail.

In the top search box, you will see Setup a VN connection appear. Simply click that and wait.
A box like the example below will popup. Now simply enter the address and details they provided you with.

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So in the first box is your Internet address: We are going to use vpn.example.com
Next is the destination name, (You can call this anything) again were using Example VPN
When you’re ready we continue to the next step by clicking “Next

Now you’re almost done! In the details you got from your provider. There will be a username/password.
You would just enter them into the boxes provided for each. (Like in the diagram below)

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Windows will now try to connect you to the VPN you just attempted to configure.
If you checked the “Don’t connect now” checkbox on the first screen, Windows will save the VPN connection
So you can easily connect later. For now we are going to just connect instantly it’s easier to explain this way.

Now as shown in the example below, windows will now try to connect you directly to the VPN service.

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Once connected, you can click the network icon in your system tray to view your VPN connections.
While connected to a VPN, all your network traffic will be sent over it.

To disconnect from a VPN, click it and click Disconnect. You can then reconnect to it later
By clicking it and selecting Connect. You can have multiple VPNs configured and switch between them in this way.

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Now you’re connected to you’re provider! Great eh! Simple! But the common question now is
How do you actually Delete a VPN connection, maybe you deiced to swap to another provider?

Well here’s that guide.

To delete a saved VPN connection, press the Windows key, type “network connections and press Enter.
Right-click a VPN connection and use the Delete option. Very simple eh?

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Ok so now you know how to Connect to a VPN if your using windows 7! Great you’re now a pro!
But what if it’s the new Windows 8.1? Can you explain what i should be doing using that OS instead?

Windows 8

Connecting to a VPN is a similar process in Windows 8. Press the Windows key, just like you did in Windows 7.
Type in “VPN”, now click the Settings category, and select the same “Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection
You’re doing the same here, as you did if you was doing this on Windows 7. Again this is quite easy to do.

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You’ll see the same VPN connection window on the desktop. Enter the address and name of your VPN.
Again follow the same rules as you would of done, if this was still windows 7.

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You’ll then see the Networks pane appear. Select the VPN you added and click Connect.
The only difference is how the user interface looks, your just doing the same as in windows 7.

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Don’t let the different screen design scare you away, all your doing is now entering the same username/password
Into the correct boxes provided to you. Again no different than windows 7.

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To access the Network pane in the future, click the network icon in the system tray or open the charms bar
Select Settings, and select Network. (Again only the interface of windows 8 that’s different)

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To connect or disconnect from a VPN, select it in the Network pane, and use the Connect or Disconnect buttons.

To remove a saved VPN connection, press the Windows key type “View network connections
Select the Settings category, and click the “View network connections option.

Right-click a VPN Connection and select Delete to remove it.

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See this is quite simple, almost all providers now actually provide their own GUI tools to make setting up
You’re own connection a thing of the past. But for those who don’t offer their own bundled software, here it is!