Thursday, June 27, 2013

How To Configure PPTP VPN In Windows 8

Point-to-point tunnelling protocol (PPTP) is a tunnelling method used to establish virtual private network(VPN) in most operating systems. In Windows it is the VPN supported by Microsoft through dial-up networking. There are other clients which also support PPTP with their own packages needed to be installed first before making any connection.

In most cases authentication is required before PPTP can be implemented to work in Windows. That is, you must register with a VPN provider of your choice and use your account information provided to establish your VPN connection or have a username and a password of the server you wish to connect to.

If you are looking for a way to use PPTP in Windows 8 without installing third party client this information is meant for you.

Image showing red arrow pointing to network icon at the systemtray

STEP 1: Move your mouse cursor to your systemtray and right-click on the network icon.

Red arrow pointing to Open Network and Sharing Center

STEP 2: From the network menu select 'Open Network and Sharing Center'.

Red arrow pointing to Set up a new connection or network

STEP 3:  At 'Network and Sharing Center' window  click 'Set up a new connection or network' to continue.

Red arrow pointing to Connect to a workplace

STEP 4:  From the 'Set up connection or network' dialogue click 'Connect to a workplace' and click 'Next'.

Red arrow pointing to Use my internet connection(VPN)

STEP 5: At 'Connect to a workplace' click 'Use my internet connection(VPN)'.

Red arrows pointing to what to do at Connect to a networkplace

STEP 6:  Enter the IP of the server you want to connect to into 'Internet address' area and the name of the server into 'Destination name'. Checked 'Remember my credentials' and click 'Create' to continue.

Red arrow pointing to network icon at the systemtray

STEP 7: Click on your network icon at the systemtray.

Image showing Network and view connection properties

STEP 8:  Right-click on  'VPN Connection' and select 'View connection properties'.

Red arrows point to what to do at VPN Connection Properties dialogue

STEP 9:  At the VPN Connect Properties window click on 'Security' tab and select 'Point-to-point tunnelling protocol (PPTP)' under 'Type of VPN' and click 'OK'.

Red arrow pointing to Connect at Networks dialogue 

STEP 10: Click on VPN Connection and click 'Connect' to continue.

Image showing Network  Authentication

STEP 11: Now click on the network icon at the systemtray and select 'VPN Connection' and click 'Connect' by entering your username and password provided to you during your registration and click 'OK'.