The easiest way to get your favorite virtual private network up and running on your newis to simply download your VPN app from the Windows Store and install it just like you did on your previous version of Windows. Using a VPN's app is also the best way to take advantage of that VPN's bonus features – from ad blocking to automatically selecting the fastest connections. But for the tech-savvy, another option is to test Windows 10's built-in VPN client.
It may sound tricky, but the process takes about 15 to 20 minutes and can be divided into two main components: creating a VPN profile and then connecting to the VPN. Here is the step-by-step guide to setting up your VPN on Windows 10.
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What you need  VPN service : Even though 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 you will connect to.
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Protocol selection : During installation you will be asked to choose a protocol from a list. Simply put, the protocol you choose determines the strength of your encryption. There are several types of protocols used by VPNs, and whichever VPN you choose, one will be used. The four most common are: PPTP, L2TP / IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN. During installation, tell Windows what type of protocol your VPN is using by selecting it from a list. Your VPN provider will tell you which one it uses.
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Create a VPN profile and connect to it
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 will take you to a control panel. Under VPN Provider click the dropdown menu and select the option that says Windows (built-in) .
5 . In the Connection Name field, type the name you want to give this specific connection. Try to create one that you can easily recognize as a VPN connection. For example, if you use ExpressVPN and you want this connection to be the one you use to connect to a server in New York, call the connection something like "ExpressVPN, server in New York".
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6 . In the Server Name or Address field, type the actual address of the server you are connecting to. Your VPN service can provide this information. Generally, it looks like a website URL, with a five- or six-character alphanumeric string followed by the name of the VPN service you're using.
7 . In the drop-down list VPN type you will be asked to choose a protocol as I mentioned above. Select the VPN service you use.
8 . From the drop-down menu Type Login Information choose how you want to log in to your new VPN connection. Different VPN providers have different preferred methods, so you can check with your VPN provider to be sure, 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 you normally use to log in to your VPN service on any other device.
9 . Click on the button Save . You have now created your VPN profile and all you have to do is connect to it.
10 . Go back to the Network and Internet settings page and select VPN from the options on the right side of the screen, as you did before. Your newly created VPN connection will appear in the list (in our example, you will see "ExpressVPN, New York Server"). Select it and click Connect .
And there you have it. Of course, you might miss some of the extra features that you would otherwise get if you used your VPN provider's downloadable application, but then again, you now also have more control over your connection and don't have to deal with a potentially bloated piece of software that is constantly running in the background. Bon voyage!
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