How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7

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 PPTP VPN on Windows 7.

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 1

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 2

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 3

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 4

  5. In “Internet address” field (6) type the IP address of a CactusVPN server. You can find all the available servers in the package details in the Client area.

    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).

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 5

  6. Enter your VPN username (10) and password (11) and click “Create” (12). Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the client area credentials (What is the difference?).

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 6

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: Step 7

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

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: 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).

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: 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).

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: 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).

    How to set up PPTP VPN on Windows 7: 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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