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How To Manually Configure PPTP VPN On Windows 8

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Windows 8 is the latest operating system from the house of Microsoft. The new operating system is rich in features and offers several ways to make the life of users easier. In this article, you will learn how to manually setup a PPTP VPN on a Windows 8 machine. For those who are not familiar with the PPTP protocol, it is a common security protocol used to implement virtual private networks on computers and mobile devices.

How To Manually Configure PPTP VPN on Windows 8

Before you start the setup process, it is important to ensure that your system has the latest updates from Microsoft. Microsoft recommends that you allow Windows 8 to download updates automatically but you can also download the latest updates manually by opening “System and Security” window from Control Panel and then clicking on “Check for Updates” option under the “Windows Update” section.

PPTP - windows 8

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect and then follow the steps given below to setup the VPN:

Step 1:  Open the Control Panel by right-clicking on the lower-left hand corner of the screen and selecting the “Control Panel” option from the Windows Quick Access Menu.

PPTP - windows 8 - control panel

Step 2:  Click on “Network and Internet” option followed by “Networking and Sharing Center”

PPTP - windows 8 - network and Internet

Step 3:  Click on the “Set up a new connection or network” option to start the VPN configuration process.

PPTP - windows 8 - set up a new connection or network

Step 4:  The next window will display the list of connection options available to you. Select the “Connect to a workplace” option to and then click on the Next button.

PPTP - windows 8 - set up a new connetion or network

Step 5:  In the next window, you need to specify how the VPN service will connect to the internet. Select “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)” in this window.

PPTP - windows 8 - use my internet connection

Step 6:  In the next window, you need to input the connection details. Enter the VPN server name (or its IP address) in the Internet Address text box. Make sure that you specify the correct server details in this field in case your VPN provider has servers at multiple locations. If you are not sure about the server details then check the welcome email or the server status page on the VPN provider’s site.

Choose a connection name and enter it in the “Destination Name” textbox. Make sure that the connection name is easy to remember so that you can locate and connect to the VPN service quickly. You may also click on “Remember my credentials” and “Allow other people to use this connection” checkboxes if required. Click on the Create button to finish the setup process.

PPTP - windows 8 - remember my credentials

Step 7:  Next you need to configure certain settings for the VPN connection. Click the monitor icon present at the bottom right hand corner of the screen, right click on the VPN connection name that you just created and then click on the Properties option.

PPTP - windows 8 - monitor icon

PPTP - windows 8 - properties

Step 8:  In the Security tab of Properties windows, select “Point to point tunneling protocol” in the Type of VPN dropdown box.

PPTP - windows 8 - point to pont tunneling protocol

Step 9:  In the Networking tab, deselect the checkbox next to Internet Protocol Version 6 if your VPN provider does not support IPv6. Also, deselect the checkbox next to “File and Printer Sharing” option so that your private data is not leaked to other devices. Click on OK button to finalize the VPN settings.

PPTP - windows 8 - file and printer sharing

Step 10:  To connect to the VPN service, click the monitor icon again and then click on Connect option next to the VPN connection name. Enter your login and password details in the next screen and then click on OK button. You will see a Connected message as soon as your system is connected to the VPN service.

PPTP - windows 8 - connected


PPTP - windows 8 - login

To disconnect from the VPN, simply click on the Disconnect option displayed next to the name of the VPN connection.

PPTP - windows 8 - disconnect

July 11, 2013
  1. Amee Hooser said on June 28, 2014 1:36 pm:

    I use the UK server, had changed over from astrill. No real complaints except the server can be slow at times, but with most vpns this is expected. Other than that, it’s been pretty great service.

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