Windows 7 – PPTP VPN Setup Tutorial

You can always install CactusVPN Software for more features and to ease your life.

If you want to set up VPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions to set up CactusVPN PPTP connection on Windows 7.

  1. Open “Networks and Sharing Center” (1) from “Control Panel”.

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 1

  2. Then choose “Set up a new connection or Network” (2).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 2

  3. Choose “Connect to a workplace” (3) and click “Next” (4).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 3

  4. Click on “Use my Internet connection (VPN)” (5).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 4

  5. You have to check the email you have received when you have paid for the CactusVPN account. You will find there the available servers.
    In “Internet address” field (6) type the IP address of a CactusVPN server.
    In “Destination name” (7) field type CactusVPN.
    Also check the “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” (8).
    Click “Next” (9).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 5

  6. Enter your VPN username (10) and password (11) and click “Create” (12).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 6

  7. You should see this screen next. Click the “Close” (13) button to return to the “Network and Internet” screen.

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 7

  8. Click on “Connect to a network” (14).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 8

  9. In the Connect to a network screen, you should see the CactusVPN connection that you have just set up. Right click on it and select “Properties” (15).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 9

  10. Select “Security” Tab (16).
    On “Type of VPN” (17) select: “Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)”.
    On “Data Encryption” (18) select “Optional encryption (connect even if no encryption)”.
    Select “Allow these protocols” (19) and check following boxes: “Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)” and “Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)” (20).
    Click on the “OK” button (21).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 10

  11. Select “Networking” Tab (22).
    Put the tickles as it’s shown on the following picture (23).
    Click on the “OK” button (24).

    Windows7 PPTP VPN Setup: Step 11

The connection is now ready to use. In order to connect/disconnect to CactusVPN.com right click on the connection icon (viewable at Change adapter settings) and select connect/disconnect.

To disconnect from a VPN connection, right-click the icon for the connection, and then click “Disconnect”.

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Posted on January 27th, 2012 in Setup