On Windows 10: Setting up a VPN made easy

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 31, 2022
Updated 2022/01/31 at 5:08 AM

No matter whether you want to use it for your work from the home office or purely for private purposes: On Set up a VPN becomes child’s play on Windows 10. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to a few things when creating the network so that everything is guaranteed to go according to plan. In the following we will explain exactly how you have to proceed.

Setting up a VPN with Windows 10: you need to know that

Before we tell you how to set up a VPN, you might want to know what it actually is. Basically, it is a virtual private network. VPN allows you to securely connect to your employer’s network, connect to the internet from home, and stay protected even when you’re in a public place like an internet cafe or library.

However, before you can set up the VPN, you need to create a profile on your PC. You can create this VPN profile yourself, or set up a business account to receive a VPN profile from your employer.

The right VPN profile

If the profile is one that you would like to use for work, it is a good idea to first look for the appropriate VPN settings or even a VPN app on your company’s intranet. The IT support of your company will certainly help you in case of doubt.

A suitable app, which you can find in the Microsoft Store, is usually sufficient for private use of a VPN. Before doing this, however, find out more about the VPN connection settings and other information that may play a role in setting up the network on your VPN provider’s website.

Setting up a VPN: explained step by step

You don’t need a great deal of technical know-how to set up a VPN. Just follow our instructions, which will accompany you through the process and break down all the steps individually:

  1. Use the Windows “Start” button (bottom left in the taskbar) to navigate to “Settings”.
  2. Here you select the item “Network & Internet” and then click on “VPN”.
  3. Now you can “Add a VPN connection”.
  4. When you get there, select “Windows (integrated)” as the VPN provider.
  5. Then, in the Connection Name dialog box, enter a name that’s easy for you to remember, such as “My Personal VPN.” This is what you look for if you want to connect later.
  6. Now enter the address of the VPN server in the “Server name or IP address” field.
  7. The “VPN Type” depends on what type of VPN connection your employer or VPN provider uses.
  8. The “credential type” simply indicates what kind of credentials you want to use. Username and password, a one-time password, a certificate or even a smart card are all possible. Here you can also optionally enter your username and password directly in the corresponding field.
  9. Save your entries.
  10. Finally, you can edit the VPN connection information or make further settings via the “Advanced Options” tab.

Establish a VPN connection

Once you have set up your VPN, you are now able to establish an appropriate connection. It works like this:

  1. Highlight the Network icon in the taskbar on the right.
  2. Now select the VPN connection you want to use. Depending on what happens next, do one of the following:
    a) When the Connect button appears under the VPN connection, highlight it.
    b) If the VPN section opens in the settings, mark the relevant VPN connection there and then “Connect”.
  3. If you are prompted to enter your login information, follow the instructions and enter your username and password.

Your computer should now be connected to a VPN network. You can check this by seeing the addition “Connected” under the name of the connection.

Conclusion: Setting up a VPN is not rocket science

As you’ve probably gathered from our simple explanation, setting up a VPN is a piece of cake. Only a few steps are necessary and the connection to the network is easy. For private purposes, we show you the best VPN providers that you can currently find elsewhere.

Sources: own research, Microsoft

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