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You too can manually configure a VPN connection on Windows 10


The beauty of most premier VPN services is that they have an intuitive Windows 10 app that makes setting up a connection as easy as clicking a big green button that says “connect.” However, if you’re running Windows 10 in S mode and can’t install apps from outside the Store, or you’re using a VPN without a client, you can still configure a VPN manually. This is especially important as many people continue working from home and require a VPN. Here’s everything you need to know.

What you need to get the job done

  • Premier VPN service: ExpressVPN (From $6.67 monthly at ExpressVPN)
  • Microsoft’s latest OS: Windows 10 (From $139 at Microsoft)

How to manually add and connect to a VPN on Windows 10

Once you subscribe to a VPN service — keep in mind there are plenty of great VPN options out there — you should have access to a list of servers that you can connect to. It will differ depending on the VPN service you’re using, but you should have access to a webpage or desktop app section that lists the server’s location, the address needed to create a manual connection, and the current load of the server.

Your VPN provider should also provide manual sign-in information that can be used as credentials. This might be some sort of username and password or certificate depending on the service.

Once you have the required information to make a connection, you can jump into settings and get everything running.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.

    Right-click the Start button. Click Settings.

    Source: Windows Central
  3. Click Network & Internet.
  4. Click VPN.

    Click Network and internet. Click VPN.

    Source: Windows Central
  5. Click Add a VPN connection.
  6. Click the dropdown menu below VPN provider.

    Click Add a VPN connection. Click the dropdown menu.

    Source: Windows Central
  7. Click Windows (built-in).
  8. Click the Connection name field.

    Click Windows (built-in). Click the Connection name field.

    Source: Windows Central
  9. Type a name for the VPN connection. (In this case, I’ll use the name of my provider and the server location.)
  10. Click the Server name or address field.

    Type a name. Click the Server name field.

    Source: Windows Central
  11. Type the server’s address. (You can likely find this in your VPN account.)
  12. Click the dropdown menu below VPN type.

    Type the address. Click the dropdown menu.

    Source: Windows Central
  13. Choose a connection protocol.
  14. Click the dropdown menu below Type of sign-in info.

    Choose a connection protocol. Click the dropdown menu.

    Source: Windows Central
  15. Click a sign-in method. (This will no doubt change depending on your VPN provider.)
  16. Click Save.

    Click a sign-in method. Click Save.

    Source: Windows Central
  17. Click the VPN you just set up. (It will now appear in the VPN list.)
  18. Click Connect. (Depending on the sign-in method used by your provider, you might have to enter your username and password.)

    Click the VPN you just set up. Click Connect.

    Source: Windows Central

How to disconnect and remove a VPN on Windows 10

If you don’t want to use a VPN anymore, or if you just want to remove a server from the list, you can disconnect or altogether remove it. There is a VPN button for quick on and off located in the Windows 10 action center (the small speech bubble in the bottom-right corner of your display), but we’ll go through the entire process, which includes completely removing a VPN from your system.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.

    Right-click the Start button. Click Settings.

    Source: Windows Central
  3. Click Network & Internet.
  4. Click VPN.

    Click Network and internet. Click VPN.

    Source: Windows Central
  5. Click a VPN connection you want to disconnect or remove.
  6. Click Disconnect.

    Click a VPN connection. Click Disconnect.

    Source: Windows Central
  7. Click Remove.
  8. Click Remove again to confirm.

    Click Remove. Click Remove again to confirm.

    Source: Windows Central

Our top VPN and software picks

To complete the steps laid out above, you’ll need to invest in a quality VPN, and you’ll need Windows 10.

Premier VPN service



ExpressVPN

A VPN that’s tough to beat

With rock-solid encryption and plenty of connection protocols for you to use, including OpenVPN, this is one of the best services operating today.

Microsoft’s latest OS



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This post was written by Cale Hunt and was first posted to WindowsCentral



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