Setting up VPN on Windows 7 (SEVEN)

Windows Seven (7)Setting up a VPN account on computers using Windows 7 is a fairly simple task. Below you will find the Windows 7 PPTP VPN setup guide followed by the Windows 7 L2TP IPSEC configuration and finally the SSTP VPN guide. When you have created the Win Seven PPTP VPN connection you can either recreate it and do some more steps to make it L2TP or SSTP or you can simply open the VPN connection properties and make small changes to switch the VPN protocol used. In most cases PPTP will work great but when you travel to countries such as China, Iran, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or even are at some US hotel you may have an issue. If you are unable to connect with one protocol due to network restrictions, try the other 2 and you should be able to connect!

It is very important to note that when creating the VPN, please do not leave it set on "Automatic." You will have to specify PPTP or L2TP IPsec or SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) in the VPN connection properties.

Windows SEVEN PPTP VPN Configuration

The guide is for different versions of Vista: Basic, Premium, Business, and Ultimate editions.

  • 1.Open the Control Panel in Windows 7.
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  • 2. Click on “Network and Internet”. Double click to open it
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  • 3.Next, click on “Network and sharing center.” as shown in the image
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  • 4.Click on “Set up a new connection or Network.”
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  • 5.On the next screen (Choose the connection type), click on “Connect to a workplace” then click “Next.”
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  • 6.If asked to use an existing connection select 'No, create a new connection'. Now click 'Use my Internet connection (VPN)
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  • 7.In the text box labelled 'Internet address' type the IP address provided in the welcome email. In the text box labelled 'Destination name' give it a name such as VPNaccounts.com. This is the name of the connection, and will show up in the "Connect to a network" screen when we're done. Make sure that the check box labelled "Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later" (highlighted in yellow) is checked. You can also put a check at "allow other people to use this connection" Then click the "Next" button
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  • 8.Enter your username and password that was sent to you in the welcome email. You can also click "Remember this Password" to save your password as part of the connection. Click create! Click the "Close" button to return to the "Network and Internet" screen!
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  • 9.The Connection is ready to use, click close
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  • 10.Go to the connection to check all the settings. Click onto the active connection in the task bar.
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  • 11.Click on the connection and click connect, On the login screen click on properties.
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  • 12.Confirm that the server IP address is correct and the click onto the 'Options' tab
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  • 13.After clicking on the Options tab - uncheck 'Include Windows logon domain' if checked. Now click on the 'Security' tab
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  • 14.After clicking on the Security tab. Choose the '(PPTP)' from the drop down menu
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  • 15.Now click on the networking tab. Uncheck 'Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)' and press OK
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  • 16.Windows Seven PPTP VPN is ready. To connect, simply click on the connection in the task bar and select the VPN connection. Click connect.

Windows SEVEN L2TP VPN Configuration

The above steps create the PPTP VPN connection 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. Open the VPN Properties , click on the "Security" tab and for “Type of VPN” Please select “L2TP/IPsec”.
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  • 2.Next, click on the “Advanced Settings" button as shown in the image
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  • 3.You will be asked to enter a Pre-shared Key. It is found in the welcome email .
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  • 4.Your L2TP IPsec VPN connection is ready for use! To connect, simply click on the connection in the task bar and select the VPN connection. Click connect

Windows 7 SSTP VPN Setup Guide

SSTP VPN connection can be made to our UK, CA & DE servers. SSTP stands for Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol. It uses port 443 & 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 7.