Manual Setup for Windows 8 (PPTP)

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These instructions are for PPTP. OpenVPN instructions are here. Don’t know what this means? Use PPTP for simplicity. Use OpenVPN for improved security and privacy.

Right click on the ‘Network’ icon in tray, then press ‘Control panel’ menu option.

Step 2:  Select ‘Network and Sharing Center



Step 3: Select ‘Set up a new connection or network’.3


Step 4: Select ‘Connect to a workplace’ and press ‘Next’ button.4

Step 5: Select ‘Use my Internet connection (VPN)’.



Step 6: Enter your VPN server IP/hostname, and press ‘Next’ button.6


Step 7:  Windows will then create the connection. The dialog will close when it is complete. Close the control panel window.7

Step 9: Click on ‘Network’ icon in the tray. The Network sidebar will open.

Step 10: Select your VPN connection and press ‘Connect’.


Step 11:

The VPN connection window will appear. Input your username and password. Then press the ‘Connect’ button. You will not have to re-enter your credentials during future connections.


To confirm it’s working, visit and ensure it says a different location and IP address than you expect.

Step 12: When you are done using the VPN, you can use the ‘Disconnect’ button in the Network sidebar


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