Setting up VPN on Windows 8 (EIGHT)

Windows Eight (8)Setting up a VPN account on computers using Windows 8 is a simple task. It might seem difficult due to the fact that windows 8 is a complete makeover of windows 7 in appearance but once you create the connection you will find that it is very similar to windows 7. Below you will find the Windows 8 PPTP VPN setup guide followed by the Windows 8 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.

Windows EIGHT PPTP VPN Configuration

  • 1.Right click on "Network Access" & then click on "Open Network and Sharing Center". You can also do the following and skip to step nr 5. Press WIN+M to open the Search window & search for VPN. Select "Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection". Now see step Nr 5
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  • 2.Click on "Set up a new connection or network".
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  • 3.Now you should select "Connect to a workplace and click Next".
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  • 4.Click on the option "Use my Internet connection (VPN)".
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  • 5.In the box "Internet address" enter the server IP address from the welcome email. For "Destination name" you can enter anything you want such as VPNaccounts.com PPTP. Click Create.
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  • 6.It is now important check the properties of the connection. Following step 5 you are returned to the desktop. Click on the network icon at the bottom right corner. Right-click on the VPN connection & select "View connection properties"
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  • 7.Click on "Security" tab. Now select Type of VPN as "Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)" instead of Automatic. Click "Allow these protocols" & select "Microsoft CHAP Version 2".
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  • 8.Now click on the "Networking" tab. Please uncheck everything except "Internet Protocol v.4" & "client for Microsoft networks"
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  • 9.Almost ready! Click Connect on the VPN Connection you created & enter your VPN username & VPN password found in the welcome email. password is case sensitive. Click OK.
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  • 10.When connected, it will state that it is connected.
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Windows EIGHT L2TP VPN Configuration

The above guide creates the PPTP VPN connection on windows 8. 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.Start by Right-clicking on the VPN connection you created & select "View connection properties".
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  • 2.Click on the "Security tab" & select "Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)". Also click "Allow these protocols" and make sure "Microsoft CHAP Version 2" is selected. Now click Advanced settings.
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  • 3.Please select "Use preshared key for authentication" and the pre-shared key which was emailed to you in the welcome email. Now click OK twice
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  • 4.Click Connect on the VPN Connection you created & enter your VPN username & VPN password found in the welcome email. password is case sensitive. Click OK.
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Windows 8 SSTP VPN Setup Guide

SSTP VPN connection can be made to our DE, 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 7.