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Windows - Setting Up a PPTP Connection

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The PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 protocols are provided for devices lacking compatibility with the Private Internet Access application or OpenVPN protocol. PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 should be used for masking one's IP address, censorship circumvention, and geolocation.

If you need encryption, please use the Private Internet Application or OpenVPN protocol with our service.

This configuration uses a Generated PPTP/L2TP/Socks5 Username and password, If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS

Step 1: Quick Links Menu

On your Keyboard, hold down the Windows Key + X Key to open the Quick Links Menu and Click on Network Connections

Step 2: Network and Sharing Center

From the Network Status scroll down and click on Network and Sharing Center

Step 3: Change Network Settings

From here select Set up a new Connection or network located under the Change your network Settings section.

Step 4: Connect to Workplace

A new window will open providing you with a list of connection options. Select Connect to a Workplace and click Next

Step 5: How to Connect

Next you will need to choose how you want your new connection to connect. Select Use my Internet Connection (VPN)

Step 6: Input Server and Destination Name

You will then be asked to enter information for your connections, enter the Following

  1. For Internet Address, input us-east.privateinternetaccess.com

Or if you prefer to use a specific location, you can find the full list of locations here.

  1. For Destination Name, input Private Internet Access PPTP

Once you have filled in the information check the Option “Allow other people to use this connection” if you want other users on the computer to be able to use the VPN connection

When all is done select Create.

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Step 7: New PPTP Connection

Once the above is done, you can now see your new PPTP connection with in your Network list within your Taskbar. Don’t click on the connection yet

Step 8: Quick Links Menu

Hold the Windows Key + X Key again and select Network Connections

Step 9: Network Connections

In the network connections screen, locate the PPTP connection we just created, Right-click on it, and choose Properties.

Step 10: Properties

Within the PPTP Connection menu, Select the Security Tab

Step 11: Change Security

Within the Security Tab you will need to change the Type of VPN and Data Encryption.

  1. Select the drop down menu for Type of VPN and selecting Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)

  1. Next select the drop down menu for Data Encryption, and select Require Encryption

Step 12: Allow Protocols

Once the above has been selected you will need to select Allow these Protocols, and check Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol and Microsoft CHAP Version 2

Step 13: Network Tab

Click to the Networking Tab. If you are prompted about the security, click Yes to continue

Step 14: Uncheck Connections

Within the Networking Tab, uncheck Every connection Except Internet Protocol Version 4 Press OK to apply all above changes.

Step 15: Connect

To connect to the VPN, click the Network icon in the System Tray, and then click on Private Internet Access PPTP and Click Connect, then enter your Generated Username and password If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS

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First published: 27/03/2018

Last updated: Jun 4, 2020 by Kaneesha Davis