Searching for steps to configure a VPN on Windows? You’re in the right place. Welcome! Since you already made a decision, you should be familiar with reasons to use a VPN. There are many, truly, and some of them you might never use. Let’s list a few main ones. Anonymity while browsing by hiding your IP address, encryption of your Internet traffic, downloading/torrenting, bypassing a VPN block by websites, and streaming services, such as Netflix VPN block. Sounds like something you can use? If so, let’s teach you how to setup a VPN on Windows so you can be on your way.
Setting up a VPN on Windows
Importing and exporting VPN settings
Windows 10 does not have a designed way to import and export settings. But don’t worry, there is a workaround, although more complicated and time-consuming than setting up a VPN on Mac is.
The VPN configuration settings are stored inside a Pbk folder. There is no way to import multiple VPN settings at once, as they will be overwritten every time you import them. For that reason, it is strongly advised to keep different versions of the Pbk folder, and simply switch between them.
- Open the Windows 10 File Explorer (Windows key + E) or My Computer/This PC.
- Click on the address bar at the top, and delete everything.
- Paste the following line:
- Hit Enter on your keyboard.
- Paste the Pbk folder here.
Steps to setup a VPN on Windows manually
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start bar.
- Start typing or ‘VPN’.
- Click on the VPN Settings option that appears.
- Click on Add a VPN connection.
- Now’s the time to enter the information provided by a VPN service or network administrator.
- Unless otherwise specified, under VPN provider, choose Windows (built-in).
- Connection name.
- Server name or address.
- Under the VPN type, you can choose a security protocol.We recommend L2TP/IPsec with certificate or L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key.
- Choose the Type of sign-in info.
- Make sure the box in front of Remember my sign-in info is checked if you don’t want to re-enter sign-in details every time you connect.
- Click on Save.
- Optional. Click to flick the switch icon to ON position below Allow VPN over metered networks.This is crucial if you plan on using a VPN on a subscription plan with a monthly limit on the data download/upload.
- Optional. Flick the switch to ON position below Allow VPN while roaming if you plan to take your computer outside of the area covered by the Mobile or Internet Service Provider.
Use a dedicated application
This is a far easier option and one that becomes available with pretty much every serious VPN provider. We’ve already outlined the steps to download and install one in our guide on how to make a VPN always ON. Granted, we only covered ExpressVPN and NordVPN, but the steps should be similar no matter which provider you pick.