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How to Setup the Built-in Windows 10 VPN

Windows 10 has a built-in VPN client that can create a virtual private network connection for your PC or laptop. Well, most users are confused over the Windows 10 VPN and consider it as a service. But Microsoft isn't providing any free VPN service in Windows 10 and whatever you are seeing is just an official Windows VPN client. This is a client software that was also present in Windows 7/8. But in Windows 10 Microsoft has made it easier to setup. A VPN service and a client software both are different things. A client software uses the VPN services to create a Virtual Private Network. The Windows 10 VPN client is much easier to use with the PPTP/L2TP/IPSec/SSTP and IKEv2 protocols.

If you want to setup a virtual private network connection on your Windows 10 machine then you have to purchase the best VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN which can secure 3 devices at a time and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. The good thing about ExpressVPN is that it can be setup on almost every gadget that has a possibility to setup a Virtual Private Network. It also works with gaming consoles and all the benefits come with unlimited bandwidth. You can buy ExpressVPN by going to this link - Get ExpressVPN Now

What is a VPN?

'Virtual Private Network' which is an extension of the private network across public networks. This security technology is handled by the SSL VPN server which is located at a remote location. On using this network all of the internet traffic generated on the user's end gets encrypted and passes through the ISP's server to reach the VPN server where it gets decrypted. Thus VPN provides us a secure way to use the internet. The main function of a virtual private network server is to encrypt the internet traffic so that no one can see what you were searching or what websites you were visiting.

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Another benefit of using a VPN is that you can connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks without bothering about IP leaks and bypass internet censorship. Since VPN masks your IP address and encrypts your internet traffic you can freely connect to unsecured open Wi-Fi networks at public places like hotels and airports. It also lets you access content that is not available in your country.

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How to Setup the Built-in Windows 10 VPN

To use the Windows 10 VPN you will need a valid subscription to one of the popular VPN service provides. We highly recommend ExpressVPN and we use it in this tutorial to configure the Windows 10 private network.

  • Firstly I would obtain username, password, location specific VPN server address (like America, Europe, Asia etc.), and pre-shared key.
  • I will go to my ExpressVPN account and click on 'Set up ExpressVPN'.
  • Then I will select 'Manual Config'. The manual configure will work on most devices that support L2TP/PPTP/IPSec protocols. After clicking it I will click on the 'PPTP & L2TP-IPSec' tab.

  • Now it will provide my username, password, pre-shared key and VPN server location addresses of different countries. I have to choose one address.
  • Now I have got the necessary details and now we will setup the Windows 10 VPN network.
  • Go to 'Settings>Network & Internet>VPN'. Click 'Add a VPN connection'.
  • Click 'VPN provider' and select 'Windows (built-in)'.

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  • Enter a name for your private network connection.
  • Then enter the server address of VPN location in 'Server name or address'.
  • Then select 'VPN type'. Select 'L2TP/IPSec with pre-shared key'.
  • Now enter the 'Pre-shared key'.
  • Under 'Type of sign-in info' select 'User name and password'.
  • Then finally enter your username and password.
  • Put a check mark on 'Remember my sign-in info'. If you don't check this then Windows will ask for username and password every time you connect to this network.
  • To connect to this virtual private network just click it to open the options and click 'Connect' as shown in step 7 above.
  • You can also connect by clicking the Wi-Fi/network icon in system tray taskbar. Here just click the VPN you just created on the top and click 'Connect'.
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