Setting up VPN on Windows Vista

Windows VistaHere you will find the instruction for setting up the VPN connection on your Windows Vista computer. We start with the Windows Vista PPTP VPN setup guide followed by the L2TP IPsec VPN configuration guide to the finish of with the windows vista SSTP guide. Once the Vista PPTP VPN connection is configured, you can return to it and do some changes in order to switch to L2TP IPSEC VPN or SSTP. This may sometimes be required if you have issues connecting to our service using one of the protocols either due to heavy internet restrictions or device compatibility..

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 VISTA PPTP VPN Configuration

Setting up VPN access on Windows Vista machines is fairly simple. Below are step by step instruction to create the connection and use our VPN service. The guide is for different versions of Vista: Basic, Premium, Business, and Ultimate editions.

  • 1.Open the Control Panel in Windows Vista.
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  • 2. Go to the “Network and Internet” panel. Double click to open it
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  • 3.Next, click on “Connect to a network.” as shown in the image
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  • 4.The next screen may not look quite like this. In any case, click on “Set up a connection or Network.”
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  • 5.On the next screen, click on “Connect to a workplace” then click “Next.”
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  • 6.Next 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.Now we double check everything. Click on “Connect to a network” again.
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  • 10.In the “Connect to a network” screen, you should see the connection that was set just up. Right–click for “Properties”
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  • 11.In the “Options” tab, make sure the check box labelled “Include Windows logon domain” (highlighted in green) is not selected. Then click the "PPP Settings." button. In the "PPP Settings" dialog box, make sure the settings look like the ones in the image, then click the "OK" button .
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  • 12.Click the “Security” tab. Make sure the security tab has the same settings as in image and then click "Networking".
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  • 13.Only the “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)” and “Client for Microsoft Networks” items need to be checked. If other protocols are checked, you can uncheck them by clicking on the check box. Also, change from "automatic" to PPTP VPN and then press OK
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  • 14.Ready to use! but you may see this screen first. If you do, click ”Cancel”.
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  • 15.To connect to our vpn service, go to the Start button and click "Connect To" Then click on the VPN connection you created and click "Connect". Then click on the VPN connection you created and click "Connect".
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Windows VISTA L2TP VPN Configuration

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

  • 1. In the Properties under networking, click on the “Type of VPN” pop–up menu and select “L2TP/IPsec”
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  • 2.Next, click on the “IPsec Settings…” button in the image below
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  • 3.The Pre-shared Key in the welcome email. Click the button labelled "Use preshared key for authentication" and then type the pre-shared key into the text box. Click the "OK" button and now Click the "OK" button again to save settings and connect via L2TP IPsec VPN!.
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Windows VISTA SSTP VPN Setup Guide

Windows VISTA SSTP VPN connection can be made to our UK, CA & DE servers. Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) is a third option if using Windows Vista. It works on port 443 and if you are having trouble connecting this should solve the problem. This is how you can modify the existing VPN connection to make it SSTP.

  • 1.In the VPN properties under the "Networking" 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 and you can now connect using SSTP.