Setup Tutorials

How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10 but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the OpenVPN VPN you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your VPN username and password. You can find them in the client area on our website, by going to Services and accesing your service details.
  3. The configuration files according to the plan your purchased. You can find them on the Downloads page on our website.
  4. The OpenVPN GUI. You can download it from here for free.

Recommendations

To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for Windows.

If you still want to set up OpenVPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

OpenVPN Setup Instructions

You have to install OpenVPN GUI in order to install OpenVPN on Windows 10. You can download it for free from here.

After you’ve downloaded the software install it:

  1. Click the “Next” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 1

  2. Click the “I Agree” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 2

  3. Click the “Next” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 3

  4. Click the “Install” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 4

  5. If you have the following message, press “Install”.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 5

  6. Click the “Next” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 6

  7. Click the “Finish” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 7

  8. Now you need to download the config files according to your plan and unzip the downloaded file.

    Copy all the files to OpenVPN config folder. Normally you’ll find it in the following path: C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.

    For example for the “VPN + Smart DNS” plan you have to extract the “CactusVPN-OpenVPN-Config-VPN-Smart-DNS.zip” file into the “C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config folder”.

    If you receive an error about privileges, then move zip archive to C:\ folder, extract and move back to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ folder.

  9. Go to the OpenVPN icon (1) from your desktop, right-click on it and select “Properties” (2).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 7-1

  10. Click on the “Advanced” button (3).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 7-2

  11. In the following dialog box check the “Run as administrator” checkbox (4) and click on “OK” (5).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 7-3

    From now on, OpenVPN Gui will always run as administrator if you use the shortcut to launch it. (You’ll be prompted by UAC if you have it enabled).

  12. Now, in the system tray, you should see a symbol for OpenVPN. Right click on the symbol with the mouse, choose the server you want to connect and click “Connect”. You can select between two different protocols for OpenVPN: TCP and UDP. UDP is usually faster so we recommend to try it first.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 10: Step 10

To disconnect, just right click on the OpenVPN server you where connected and select Disconnect.

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