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How to set up a VPN connection on Windows 10

When you need to connect to a remote private network, use this guide to set up a VPN connection on Windows 10.

Windows 10 VPN connection

On Windows 10, a VPN connection has become the standard medium to help people and businesses to quickly and securely access a private network over the internet.

The idea behind of VPN (Virtual Private Network) is to provide a point-to-point encrypted tunnel that uses the internet as the primary highway to connect users to a remote network offering access to the same resources as if the user were physically present at the remote location.

While people who are not tech-savvy may find a little difficult to configure and understand, Windows 10 includes easy to configure options in the Settings app to get connected to a private network without the need of extra software or complicated instructions.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set up a VPN connection using the Settings app on Windows 10. In addition, you’ll learn the advanced options available, the steps to disconnect and remove a VPN connection from your device.

Important: If you’re trying to connect to your office remotely, make sure to contact your system administrator to provide the proper connection information, including domain name or IP address of the network, username and password, and protocol type.

How to set up VPN connection on Windows 10

Use the following instructions to use Windows 10’s default VPN client to connect to a remote private network:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Click on VPN.

  4. Click the Add a VPN connection button.

    Windows 10 VPN settings
    Windows 10 VPN settings
  5. Using the “VPN provider” drop-down menu, select the Windows (built-in) option.

  6. Type a descriptive connection name.

  7. Under “Server name or address,” type the domain name or IP address of the remote network. If you’re setting up a VPN connection to your home office, you can easily find your external IP address by doing a simple search on Google or Bing for “My IP” — your address should be listed in the first result.

  8. Under “VPN type,” use the Automatic option to allow the operating system configure the connection protocol automatically. If your company has specific requirements, Windows 10 offers different protocol types, including:

    • Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)

    • L2TP/IPsec with certificate

    • L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key

    • Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)

    • IKEv2

  9. Under “type of sign-in info,” leave the default User name and password settings. However, you should change this option if the remote network has different requirements.

  10. Type your username and password to avoid having to enter your credentials every time you try to connect.

  11. Click the Save button.

    Windows 10 VPN connection settings
    Windows 10 VPN connection settings

Once you’ve completed the setup, the new connection will be listed under the VPN section on Network & internet.

How to connect to a VPN server on Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & Internet.

  3. Click on VPN.

  4. Select the VPN connection.

  5. Click the Connect button.

    Windows 10 remote connection using VPN
    Windows 10 remote connection using VPN

Alternatively, you can also also connect to VPN server by clicking the network icon in the notification area, select the VPN connection from the network flyout menu, and clicking the Connect button.

If everything is working correctly, the time to connect shouldn’t take more than two seconds. You’ll know your Windows 10 PC is connected to the remote network because the connection will read Connected. To disconnect, simply click the Disconnect button from the network flyout menu or using the VPN settings page.

When you no longer need a VPN connection, select the connection, and click the Remove button.

How to set up VPN advanced options on Windows 10

If there is a problem trying to connect or down the road requirements to connect to a remote network changes, you will need to reconfigure the VPN connection settings.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Click on VPN.

  4. Select the connection, and click the Advanced options button.

  5. Under “Connection properties,” you can view the current settings. If something has changed or you need to modify these settings, click the Edit button. You will also notice the Clear sign-in info button, in case you need to remove the username and password from the current connection.

    Windows 10 VPN connection properties
    Windows 10 VPN connection properties
  6. Under “VPN proxy settings,” you can set up automatic configurations or you can manually enter the proxy settings. It’s important to note that you would normally don’t need to change any of the settings listed on this section. Only make changes as necessary.

    Windows 10 VPN proxy settings
    Windows 10 VPN proxy settings

On the main Windows 10 VPN setup section, you will also find additional settings, such as Allow VPN connections over Metered networks and Allow VPN to connect while Roaming (refer to previous image). You should consider to have these options enabled at all times, even more if you’re need to access a private network and you’re using a mobile hotspot.

If you’re looking to connect to your home network using a VPN connection, check these steps to configure a VPN server on your Windows 10 PC without the need of extra software.

Are you having problems using a VPN connection? Use the PUREinfoTech forums to get help.