How to set up a VPN on Windows 7, 8, or 10 – With Pictures

In this quick tutorial i will tell you all how to setup a simple VPN on Windows 7, 8 or 10 (The images use Windows 10, but the process is fairly similar on both 7, 8 aswell).

First you will need to find your control panel. On Windows 7, links to the control panel can be found everywhere in your system. But in Windows 8 and 10 it’s somehow… more hidden. (Microsoft wants you to use their newer methods) 😉

But to find it you simply need to search for “control panel” (Or whatever it’s named in your language) in the Windows system search. When you’ve entered the control panel. Click the “Network and Internet” option.

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Then click on the “Network and Sharing Center” option.

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Now click on the “Change adapter settings” in your left sidebar menu.

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When you’re in there. Press Alt + F on your keyboard then select File > New Incoming Connection…

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Check the users you want to give access. In this case i’m giving access to my default system user. You can also give access to your systems Administrator user. However, this is not recommended for security reasons.

Then click Next.

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Now make sure the “Through the Internet” option is checked then click Next.

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Now check the protocols you want to open up for. The most important one is the TCP/IPv4 option. But if you want to be able to use any printers or file sharing via this VPN you must also check the 3rd option. (below the TCP/IPv6 option)

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Now you will need to find your computers IPv4 address. You can find this by opening Command Prompt (Search CMD and hit enter). Then type in “ipconfig”. Copy or write down your IPv4 address.

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Now to the most important step. If you’re doing this on a private computer you’re most likely behind an external firewall or router. In this case you will also need to forward UDP and TCP ports 47 and 1723 to the IPv4 address above. This process is very different from each ISP (Internet Service Provider). So if you do not already know how to do this. Contact your ISP and they should tell you how to do it. 😉

Once all this is done you should now be able to connect via the standard Windows VPN client to your public IPv4 address by using your chosen system user and password.

If you don’t know your public IP address you can find this anywhere online. For example here: http://ip.server1.no/

 

If you have any questions or problems. Feel free to comment below or shoot me an email at haakon@hawkprojects.net! 🙂

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