How to Set up VPN Connection for Windows 10

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Yesterday we shared a comprehensive guide on how to create Windows 10 VPN server and today we are going to show you a method to set up a VPN connection on your Windows 10 devices. You cannot connect Windows 10 devices to a VPN server without first establishing a secure VPN connection on PC desktop or laptop. So here is a step-by-step guide on how you can set up a VPN connection in Windows 10 to connect to a remote private network or VPN server.

Online leaks of personal and business information and surveillance has increased the importance of having a reliable and stable VPN connection. In fact, VPN has become the standard source of assisting individuals and businesses to access a private network safely over the internet.

The main aim of VPN (Virtual Private Network) is to establish a point-to-point encrypted path over the internet to allow users to connect with remote networks, thus enabling them to use same data and resources from a remote location.

This may sound a bit too technical for an average Windows user but don’t worry in the Windows 10 there is a new feature in the Settings app that has made it easy for anyone, even non-experts, to set up a secure connection to a private network remotely. And you don’t need any third-party software and complex settings configurations to pull it off.

In the tutorial below, we are going to show you the process of setting up a VPN connection from the Windows 10 Settings app. After that, see how to use advanced options, the steps needed to disconnect/remove a VPN connection.

Note: Office users are advised to contact system administrator to get the right information such as domain name, network’s IP address, protocol type, username and password.

How to Create a VPN Connection on Windows 10 PC Desktop/Laptop

Following steps will walk you through the process of using Windows 10 default VPN client to connect to a remote private network.

1 – Press the Windows key  + I on keyboard to quickly open the Settings app. Or open Settings from Start menu.

2 – Now, go to Network & internet > VPN and click on Add a VPN connection option on the right-pane.

3 –  Next, under VPN provider, select Windows (built-in).

4 – Type in network name.

5 – For Server name/address, enter the domain name or IP address of the remote network. To quickly find the IP address of a home network, Google ‘My IP address’ and it will show in the search result. Office network users need to contact their system admin for the IP address.

6 – Now, for VPN type, select the Automatic option to enable the OS automatically configure the connection protocol. Here are the different protocol types on Windows 10:

  • Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
  • L2TP/IPsec with certificate
  • L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
  • Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)
  • IKEv2

7 – For sign-in information, enter default username and password settings. However, you will be asked to change this option if the remote network required different information.

8 – Once all the information has been entered in required fields, hit the Save button.

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You can now access the newly created connection from Settings > Network & Internet under VPN section.

Click on the Connect button to connect to a remote network. It hardly takes a few seconds for the network to connection. When you are done, simply click on the disconnect button to disconnect from the remote network. And when you no longer need a VPN connection, click the connection’s name and then hit the Remove button.

Advanced VPN Settings/Option on Windows 10

In case you are facing issues while trying to connect to a remote network, then perform the steps below to reconfigure the VPN connection settings.

1 – Go to Settings.

2 – Click Network & Internet > VPN.

3 – Select the connection and click the Advanced options button.

4 – You will find the current settings under the Connection properties section. Click Edit for making necessary changes in settings. Here, you can also click on the Clear sign-in info button if you need to change or remove the username and password of the existing connection.

5 – Under VPN proxy settings, you can opt to manually enter the proxy settings or set  up automatic configuration. Mostly you won’t be required to make any changes in this section.

6 – That’s it.

You will find all VPN related settings in the Windows 10 VPN setup section. You need have Allow VPN connections over Metered networks and Allow VPN to connect while roaming settings enabled if you want to access a private network and/or if you are using a mobile hotspot.

Now if you are looking for a method to connect your home network using a VPN, then click on this link to our guide on how to set up and configure a VPN server on Windows 10 devices without any third-party software or tool.

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