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Windows - Installing OpenVPN

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The OpenVPN client version may slightly differ than shown in the following examples; please use the most recent version available through the OpenVPN Downloads page, as linked below.

Step 1: Download OpenVPN

Visit the official download page for the Windows OpenVPN Installer, located here:

Step 2: Select your Bit version

Choose the version that matches the operating system you're using (whether 32-bit, or 64-bit)

Step 3: Save Install

Once the Download has completed select Save the file.

Step 4: Open the Saved Download

Go to the Downloads link in your browser, and click the option to open the folder containing the download.

Step 5: Run as Administrator

Right-click on the installer, and choose Run as Administrator.

Step 6: Popup Window

You may receive a popup from the User Account Control on Windows; if so, choose Yes to proceed with the installation.

Step 7: Install

When the Install completes, click Next

Step 8: Finish Install

Uncheck Show Read me and click Finish

Step 9: Download OpenVPN Configs.

Download the OpenVPN Configuration Files here.

Step 10: Open the Config File

Open the folder that the configuration file was downloaded to

Step 11: Extract All

Right-Click the openvpn.zip and click Extract All

Step 12: Select Destination

Within the Extract window select what Destination you would like them to be extracted to. We suggest extracting them to the Downloads folder. Once you have selected the destination, click Extract

Step 13: OpenVPN config folder

Highlight and copy all of the Extracted files from the zip and paste them into the OpenVPN config folder C:_\Program Files\OpenVPN\config or C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config _

Step 14: Admin Permission

When you Paste the files into the config folder, you will be prompted to confirm Administrator permission to copy the files. Select Continue

Step 15: Run as Admin

Right-Click the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop, and choose Run as Administrator

Step 16: Connect

Right-click the OpenVPN icon in the System Tray to choose a region to connect to, or to disconnect from the VPN.

Step 17: Login

Enter your Username(example p1234567) and password when prompted, and Click OK.

Congratulations! You are now ready to begin utilizing your safe and anonymous VPN connection with OpenVPN.

If you experience any issues, please reach out to the PIA Support Team via support ticket here.

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First published: 13/03/2018

Last updated: Nov 15, 2020 by Michael B