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Setup Tutorials

How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista

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

Requirements

In order to set up the OpenVPN 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 your account on our website, by going to Settings -> VPN Username & Password.
  3. The OpenVPN configuration files. You can find them on the Downloads page on our website.
  4. The OpenVPN GUI. You can download it from here for free.

Recommendations

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

OpenVPN Setup instructions

If you want to set up VPN manually, you have to install Open VPN GUI in order to install OpenVPN on Windows Vista. You can download it for free from here.

After you’ve downloaded the software install it:

  1. Click on “Next” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 1

  2. Click on “I agree” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 2

  3. Click on “Next” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 3

  4. Click on “Install” button.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 4

  5. If you have the following message, press install again.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 5

  6. Click “Next”.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 6

  7. Click “Finish”.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 7

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

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

    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. Set OpenVPN Gui to run as Administrator.

    Go to the desktop OpenVPN icon and right-click on it and select “Properties”.

    Windows Vista OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 10

  10. Click on “Advanced” button (1).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 11

  11. Select “Run as Administrator” (2).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows Vista: Step 12

  12. Start OpenVPN GUI. Now, in the toolbar, 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 Vista: Step 13

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

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