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How To Setup PPTP VPN On Windows Vista

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The PPTP protocol is one of the most widely used VPN protocols since it provides better speed and is compatible with a wide variety of operating systems. For Windows operating systems, the PPTP client is available in the form of a built-in program. A lot of VPN service providers offer custom built VPN software for Windows but some of them may ask you to configure the service manually. In this article, we will show you how to setup a PPTP VPN on Windows Vista operating system.

How To Manually Configure PPTP VPN on Windows Vista

Before you follow the instructions given below, make sure that your copy of Windows Vista is up-to-date with the latest updates from Microsoft. To download and install latest Windows updates, just click on the Windows Update option available from the Start menu. Once your computer has latest updates, restart the computer and follow the steps given below to setup the VPN.

Step 1:  Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel option. Click on “Network and Internet” option to create or configure network connections

PPTP on Vista - Network and Internet

Step 2:  Click on “Network and Sharing Center” and then on “Set up a connection or network” option to begin the setup process.

PPTP on Vista - Set up a connection or network

Step 3:  The next screen will display the connection options available to you. Click on “Connect to a workplace” option.

PPTP on Vista - Connect to a workplace

Step 4:  In the next screen, select the option “Use my Internet Connection”.

PPTP on Vista - Use my Internet Connection

Step 5:  In the next screen, you will need to specify the VPN connection details. Type the address of the VPN server (hostname) that you wish to connect to in the Internet Address text box. The server details are usually available at the official site of the VPN provider. In case your provider has servers at multiple locations, make sure to use the server details from the country and city that you are interested in using.

Along with hostname, you will also need to specify a VPN connection name in the Destination Name input box. You can use any value as the connection name but make sure that it is easy to remember so that you can locate it quickly. You can also specify whether the service is available to everyone by clicking on the checkbox next to “Allow other people to use this connection”.

PPTP on Vista - vpn server hostname

Step 6:  The next screen allows you to input the login credentials. Enter the Username/Password provided by your VPN provider. You may also click the checkbox next to “Remember this password” if you don’t want to enter the password every time you connect to the service. Click on the Create button to complete the VPN setup process.

PPTP on Vista - remember this password

Step 7:  Once the configuration is complete, you will see “The connection is ready to use” message. Click on “Connect Now” option to test the VPN connection. When prompted for location, choose the “Public location” option. Once the connection is established, you will see the message “You are connected”. To disconnect from the service, click on Start button, select the “Connect To” option, click on the name of the VPN service that you wish to stop and then click on the Disconnect button.

PPTP on Vista - Connect Now

PPTP on Vista - Public Location

PPTP on Vista - You are Connected

PPTP on Vista - Connect to

PPTP on Vista - disconnect

Removing DNS Server Problems

It is likely that Windows may use the DNS settings of your ISP even when you are connected to the VPN. This could result in unencrypted data flow and blockage of location specific services. If you face such a problem, follow the instructions below to change the DNS settings manually:

Step 1:  Click on Start, Connect To, right click on the name of the VPN connection and then select Properties.

PPTP on Vista - Connect to

PPTP on Vista - Properties

Step 2:  Click on the Networking tab in the Properties window and then select PPTP VPN under Type of VPN. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on the Properties button. (If your ISP supports IPV6 then you may need to configure properties for Internet Protocol Version 6). In the DNS server, click on the option next to “Use following DNS Server” and enter the IP address of the VPN server provided by your VPN provider.

PPTP on Vista - networking tab


PPTP on Vista - dns server

Step 3:  Click on “OK” twice to apply the changes. Connect to the VPN service and verify whether you are able to access blocked websites.

July 11, 2013

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