How To Set Up A Virtual Private Network (VPN) in Windows 10

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network, and thus benefit from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.

Setting up a VPN connection with Windows 10 requires you having the proper credentials to access a server. Be sure you have these before you continue. You may have to coordinate with your system administrator.

Once you have all the required information, here is how you can set up a VPN connection in your Windows 10 computer:
Log on to your Windows 10 PC with an administrator account.
Once on the desktop window, click the Start button from the bottom-left corner of the screen.
From the left section of the displayed Start menu, under the Places section, clickSettings.
On the open Settings window, click the Network & Internet icon.

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5.From the left pane of the open Network & Internet window, click to select theVPN category.

6.From the right pane, click the + icon representing the Add a VPN connectionoption.

7.On the Add a VPN connection box, populate the fields with the correct values.

8.Make sure that the Remember my sign-in info checkbox at the bottom is checked, and click Save.

Note: You may not want to save the sign-in info on public computers such as those in Internet cafes, or libraries. Do NOT check the Remember my sign-in infowhen using such computers.

9.Once the new VPN connection is successfully created, back on the Network & Internet window, keeping the VPNcategory selected from the left pane, click to select the newly created VPN connection from the right.


10.Once selected, from the available buttons, you can either click Connect or Forgetto connect to the VPN server using the provided details and credentials, or to remove the created connection respectively. Optionally, if needed, you can also click the Properties button to make changes to the created VPN connection.

11.Optionally, you can click the Advanced settings option under the Additional settings section on the same window to manage other VPN connection related configurations such as proxy settings, automatic detection, etc.

12.After closing all the windows, you can still easily connect to the VPN server by clicking the Network icon from system tray at the bottom-right corner of the window, and clicking the Show available connections under the Additional settingssection of the Wi-Fi or Ethernet category of the opened Network & Internet window.

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Note: Make sure you pick the correct category (Wi-Fi or Ethernet) while connecting to the VPN server. That is, you can connect to the VPN server only using the network card that is responsible for connecting the Windows 10 PC to the Internet.

Note: You can also follow the path described in step 12 to create a new VPN connection. The path followed in steps 2 to 5 is explained for detailed information purposes.

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