Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking How to Set Up VPN Connections in Windows A virtual private network connects two private networks over the internet By Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated August 12, 2019 How to Get a VPN How to Get a VPN Introduction VPN Basics What is a VPN? What Does a VPN Hide? What Are VPN Tunnels? Do I Need a VPN? Why Do I Need a VPN? Top Benefits of Using a VPN Choosing a VPN The Best Free VPN Services The Best VPN Service Providers The Best Linux VPNs The Best VPNs for Kodi The Best Free VPNs For Android The Best Free VPNs for Macs The Best VPNs for Netflix The Best VPNs for iPhone The Best International VPN Services The Best Chromebook VPNs The Best VPNs for Gaming Setting Up Your VPN Set Up VPN Connections in Windows 10 Set Up a VPN on Windows 7 or 8 Set Up a VPN on Mac Set Up an iPhone VPN Set Up VPN on PS4 Set Up VPN on Xbox One Install a VPN on Linux Set Up VPN on Chromecast Set Up a VPN For Roku Use a Mobile VPN on Android Fixing VPN Errors The Most Common VPN Error Codes How to Fix VPN Error 800 How to Fix VPN Error 619 Fix a VPN That's Not Connecting Test & Fix a DNS Leak Olivier Le Moal/Getty Images Tweet Share Email Configuring a VPN in Windows 10 is easy with Microsoft VPN, the built-in VPN client in the operating system. Once configured, your computer will be a VPN client that can connect to a remote VPN server. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10. Configure a VPN Connection in Windows Before you begin, collect the hostname or IP address for the VPN server you want to connect to. Some VPN services provide a specific IP address for VPN servers. If you need to access a work VPN or a specific server, ask your company network administrator for the VPN connection information. Microsoft VPN uses the PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP network protocols. There are similar VPN clients you can install on the computer to connect to the internet through a VPN. Select Start > Settings. Select Network & Internet. Select VPN. Select Add a VPN connection. Select the VPN provider dropdown arrow and choose Windows (built-in). In the Connection name text box, enter a descriptive name for the VPN connection. In the Server name or address text box, enter the address provided by the VPN service. Select the VPN type dropdown arrow and enter the VPN type provided by your VPN service provider. Select the Type of sign-in info dropdown arrow and choose the sign-in type provided by your VPN service provider. The type of sign-info you use determines if you fill out the User name and Password fields, both are optional. Select Save. The new VPN connection appears under VPN settings. To disconnect from the VPN, return to the Network Connections window, right-click the VPN connection, and select Disconnect.