How To Manually Setup PPTP VPN On Windows 7
By Paul Liu
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
The PPTP protocol is an extremely popular VPN protocol that is often used to implement VPNs on computers, mobile devices and routers. PPTP offers maximum compatibility along with higher speeds so it is a preferred choice among those who want a VPN for streaming videos, VOIP, playing games and bittorrenting activities. The PPTP client comes bundled with most operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. While a lot VPN service providers offer a customized VPN client for Windows, some of them may ask you to setup the service manually. In this article, you will learn how to setup a PPTP VPN connection on a Windows 7 machine.
How To Manually Configure PPTP VPN on Windows 7
Before starting the setup process, it is worthwhile to check whether your copy of Windows 7 has the latest updates from Microsoft. If you are not sure about this, just click on Windows Update option available through Start Menu. This will connect your system to Microsoft’s website and download latest updates if required. After the update process is complete, follow the steps given below to setup the VPN:
Step 1: Click on “Start menu” and then on “Control Panel” option. In the next window, click on “Network and Internet” option.
Step 2: In the “Network and Internet” window, click on “Network and Sharing Center” option and then on “Set up a connection or network”.
Step 3: In the next screen you will see the type of connections available to you. Click on “Connect to a workplace” option and then on the “Next” button.
Step 4: In the next screen you need to specify how the new connection should connect to the internet. Click on “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)” option in this window.
Step 5: In the next window you will have to provide VPN connection details. Type the VPN server name (or IP address) as provided by your VPN service provider in the Internet Address text box. If you don’t know server address then you can refer to the welcome email or the official website of the VPN provider. Make sure that you input the correct server details since most VPN providers have severs at multiple locations.
Type an easy to remember value in the “Destination Name” text box. While there is no restriction as far as naming a connection is concerned, make sure that you choose an easy to remember name so that you can find and connect to the VPN service quickly. You may also check the checkbox next to “Allow other people to use this connection” in case more than one person is going to use the VPN connection. Click on the “Next” button once you are done.
Step 6: In the next screen, you will need to enter login credentials provided by your VPN provider. Type the Username and password in the appropriate text boxes. If you want the system to remember the password, click on the checkbox next to “Remember the password”. Do not type anything into Domain text box unless your VPN provider explicitly asks you to do so. Click on Create button to finish the setup process.
Step 7: Click on “Connect Now” option to test the service once you see the message “The connection is ready to use”. Choose “Public Network” from the list of available location options. Once your login credentials are verified, you should see the message “You are connected”.
To disconnect from the service, just open the “Network and Sharing Center” again (Start->Control Panel->Network and Internet->Network and Sharing Center) and click on the Disconnect option next to your VPN connection name.
Removing DNS Server Issues
If you are unable to connect to location specific services then it is possible that Windows might be using the DNS settings of your ISP. This could also lead to unencrypted data flow so it is advisable to fix the DNS settings as soon as possible. Follow the steps given below to change the DNS settings manually:
Step 1: Click on Start->Control Panel->Network and Internet and then on Network Connections to see the list of existing VPN connections.
Step 2: Right click on the VPN connection icon and select Properties
Step 3: In the Options tab, deselect the checkbox next to “Include Windows logon domain”.
Step 4: In the Security tab, select “Point To Point Tunneling Protocol” in the Type of VPN box. Select the Data encryption levels (Maximum encryption or Optional encryption) and CHAP and MS-CHAP settings as specified by your VPN provider.
Step 5: In the Networking tab, deselect “File and Printer Sharing” and Internet Protocol Version 6 if your VPN provider does not support IPv6 protocol. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (do not deselect the checkbox next to it) and then click on Properties button. In the Properties Window, click the option next to “Use following DNS Server” and enter the IP address of the VPN server.
Step 6: Click on OK twice to save and apply the changes. Connect to the VPN service again and see if you are able to access blocked services.