Setting up VPN on Windows 10

Windows Eight (8)Setting up a VPN account on computers using Windows 10 is a simple task. Below you will find the Windows 10 PPTP VPN setup guide followed by the Windows 10 L2TP IPSEC configuration and finally the SSTP VPN steps. Once PPTP VPN is configured, you have the option to either recreate it and do some more steps to make it L2TP or SSTP or you can simply open the VPN properties and make small changes to switch the VPN protocol being used. PPTP will work great but when you travel to countries such as Thailand, Kuwait, Belize, China, Syria, Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or even are at some US hotel you may experience an issue due to network restrictions. Try the other 2 and you should be able to connect!

When creating the VPN, please do not leave it set on "Automatic." You will have to specify PPTP or L2TP IPsec or SSTP in the VPN properties. If you do not, you will have issues. Instructions below.

Windows EIGHT PPTP VPN Configuration

  • 1.Click on network icon in tray and then click on "NETWORK SETTINGS"
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  • 2.Click on VPN and then Click on ADD A VPN CONNECTION
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  • 3.VPN provider select: Windows (Built in) // Connection name: anything you want // Server name or address: From the welcome email // VPN type: Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) // Type of sign-in info : User name and password // Enter you VPN username and VPN password from the welcome email
  • 4.Click on save and it will now appear in the list of network connections accessible via the network icon at the bottom right of the screen .
  • 5.It is now important check the properties of the connection. Following step 4 you are returned to the desktop. Right Click on windows logo bottom left of screen and select "network connections"
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  • 6.Right click on the VPN connection and select properties. Under Security tab, Choose Allow this protocols and click on check box Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) for authentication. and click on OK
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Windows 10 L2TP VPN Configuration

The above guide creates the PPTP VPN connection on windows 10. You can now either modify it to make it L2TP IPsec VPN or you can create a new one by starting over and then following the steps here.

  • 1.Right Click on windows logo bottom left of screen and select "network connections"
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  • 2.Right click on the VPN connection and select properties. Under Security tab, select "Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec). Choose Allow this protocols and click on check box Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) for authentication. and click on OK
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  • 3.Click on ADVANCED SETTINGS and select "Use preshared key for authentication". Enter the pre-shared key which was emailed to you in the welcome email. Now click OK twice
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Windows 10 SSTP VPN Setup Guide

SSTP VPN connection can be made to our DE, FR UK & CA servers. SSTP is short for Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol. Port 443 is used which is the same post HTTPS sites use. If you have trouble connecting with PPTP or L2TP, this should solve the problem.

  • 1.In the VPN properties under the "Security" tab, click on the “Type of VPN” pop–up menu and select "Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)".
  • 2.Next, click on the “General” tab and enter the SSTP host name provided in the welcome email instead of the IP address!
  • 3.Click OK & use SSTP VPN on Windows 10.