The easiest way to deploy your favorite virtual private network on your new Windows 10 operating system is to simply download and install the VPN app from the Windows Store, just like in your previous version of Windows. Using the app from a VPN is also the best way to use the bonus features of that VPN ̵
It may sound awkward, but the process takes about 15 to 20 minutes and can be divided into two main components: a VPN create a profile and then connect to the VPN. Here is the step by step.
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What you need
VPN service : Although you use Windows 10 to manage your connection to a VPN, you still have to choose which VPN service you want to connect to. The service you choose determines who runs the servers that you want to connect to.
View our updated folder with the best VPNs we have found to get a quick idea of which provider is best for you. But whatever service you choose, pay attention to any red flags that may indicate a service that is less than private.
Protocol selection : During the installation you will be asked to choose a protocol from a list. In the simplest terms, the protocol that you choose determines the strength of your coding. There are different types of protocols that are used by VPNs, and whatever VPNs you choose, use one. The four most common are: PPTP, L2TP / IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN. During the installation you tell Windows which type of protocol your VPN uses by selecting it from a list. Your VPN provider will tell you which one is using it.
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Create and connect a VPN profile
1 . On your Windows 10 desktop, right-click the Start button and select Settings from the menu that appears.
2 . In the new window that appears, click Network & Internet and then select VPN from the list of connection options on the right side of the screen.
3 . Click on Add a VPN connection .
4 . This takes you to a control panel. Under VPN provider click on the drop-down menu and select the option with the text Windows (built-in) .
5 . In the Connection Name field, enter the name that you want to give to this specific connection. Try to create one that you can easily recognize as a VPN connection. For example, if you are using ExpressVPN and want this connection to be the one you use to connect to a New York server, name the connection something like "ExpressVPN, New York Server."
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6 . In the Server Name or Address field, type the actual address of the server that you are connecting to. Your VPN service can provide this information. In general, it looks like a website URL, with an alphanumeric string of five or six characters followed by the name of the VPN service you use.
7 . In the VPN type drop-down list you will be asked to choose a protocol as mentioned above. Select which one uses your VPN service.
8 . In the drop-down list Login information type choose the way in which you log in to your new VPN connection. Different VPN providers have different preferred methods, so you may want to check with your VPN provider, but for most commercially available private VPNs, select Username and Password .
This means that when you choose this new VPN connection on your Windows 10 machine, you must log in with the same username and password that you normally use to log in to your VPN service on another device.
9 . Click the button Save . You have now created your VPN profile and all you have to do is connect.
10 . Return to your settings page for Network and Internet and select VPN from the options on the right side of the screen as you did before. Your newly created VPN connection appears in the list (in our example you will see "ExpressVPN, New York server"). Select it and click on Connect .
And there you have it. Of course you may miss some of the extra features that you would otherwise get by using the downloadable application from your VPN provider, but on the other hand you now have more control over your connection and you don't have to deal with that a potentially bloated piece of software that runs constantly in the background. Bon voyage!