Step-by-Step Guide to Create New VPN Connections in Windows XP

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Navigate to Windows XP Network Connections "Create a New Connection"

WinXP - Network Connections - Create a New Connection
WinXP - Network Connections - Create a New Connection.

Open the Windows Control Panel, then select the Network Connections item in Control Panel. A list of existing dial-up and LAN connections will appear.

Choose the "Create a new connection" item from the left-hand side of the window as shown below.

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Start the Windows XP New Connection Wizard

WinXP New Connection Wizard - Start
WinXP New Connection Wizard - Start.

A new window now appears on the screen titled "New Connection Wizard" as shown below. Windows XP will now ask you a series of questions to configure the new VPN connection. Click Next to begin the procedure.

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Specify Workplace Connection Type

WinXP New Connection Wizard - Connect to Workplace
WinXP New Connection Wizard - Connect to Workplace.

On the Network Connection Type page of the Windows XP New Connection wizard, choose the "Connect to the network at my workplace" item from the list as shown below. Click Next.

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Choose Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection

WinXP New Connection Wizard - VPN Network Connection
WinXP New Connection Wizard - VPN Network Connection.

On the Network Connection page of the wizard, choose the "Virtual Private Network connection" option shown below. Click Next.

In rare cases, the options on this page will be disabled (grayed out), preventing you from making the desired selection. If you cannot proceed for this reason, exit the wizard application, and consult the following Microsoft article for detailed assistance:

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Enter VPN Connection Name

Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Connection Name
Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Connection Name.

Enter a name for the new VPN connection in the "Company Name" field of the Connection Name page as shown below.

Note that the name chosen need not match the name of an actual business. While no practical limits exist on what may be entered in the "Company Name" field, choose a connection name that will be easy to recognize later.

Click Next.

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Choose a Public Network Connection Option

Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Public Network Option
Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Public Network Option.

Choose an option on the Public Network page.

Use the default option shown below, "Automatically dial this initial connection," if the VPN connection will always be initiated when the computer is not already connected to the Internet.

Otherwise, choose the "Do not dial the initial connection" option. This option requires that a public Internet connection be established first before this new VPN connection will be initiated.

Click Next.

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Identify the VPN Server by Name or IP Address

Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - VPN Server Selection
Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - VPN Server Selection.

On the VPN Server Selection page shown below, enter the name or IP address of the VPN remote access server to connect to. VPN network administrators will provide you this information.

Take special care to key the VPN server name/IP address data correctly. The Windows XP wizard does not automatically validate this server information.

Click Next.

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Select Availability of the New Connection

Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Connection Availability
Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Connection Availability.

Choose an option on the Connection Availability page.

The default option shown below, "My Use Only," ensures that Windows will make this new connection available only to the currently logged on user.

Otherwise, choose the "Anyone's use" option. This option allows any user of the computer access to this connection.

Click Next.

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Completing the New VPN Connection Wizard

Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Completion
Windows XP - New Connection Wizard - Completion.

Click Finish to complete the wizard as shown below. If necessary, first click Back to review and change any settings made previously. When Finish is clicked, all settings associated with the VPN connection will be saved.

If desired, click Cancel to abort the VPN connection setup. When Cancel is chosen, no VPN connection information or settings will be saved.