Create a PPTP VPN Connection in Windows 7

This guide will take you through the necessary steps of setting up a PPTP VPN connection to HostVPN on Windows 7.

  1. Go to your Windows Control Panel (Start -> Control panel).
  2. Click "Network and Internet". If you don't see it here, search "Network and Internet" in the top search box in the upper right of the window.
  3. Click "Network and Sharing Center".
  4. Under "Change your networking settings", click "Set up a new connection or network".
  5. On the "Choose a connection option" window, select "Connect to a workplace", and click "Next".
  6. When prompted for "How do you want to connect?", click the first option for "Use my Internet Connection (VPN)".
  7. On the "Type the Internet address to connect to" window, for the "Internet address" box, insert the host name for your HostVPN account. This should be in your "Getting Started" e-mail. In the next field for "Destination name", this can be named to whatever your prefer. In our example, we'll call it "HostVPN Connection". Make sure to select the last checkbox for "Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later", and then click "Next".
  8. Type your user name and password for your HostVPN account. Consult your "Getting Started" e-mail if you forget. It's recommended to check "Remember this password" but this is an optional step.
  9. Now the connection is ready to use. Click "Close" on the bottom right, instead of "Connect now" as we have just to finish configuring the connection before we can connect to the VPN.
  10. Now, back to the "Network and Sharing Center". In the left column, click on "Change adapter settings".
  11. Select the connection we just added. In our example we named it "HostVPN Connection". Right click on this adapter and then click "Properties".
  12. Select the "Security" tab. For "Type of VPN", select "Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)". Data encryption should be set to "Require encryption (disconnect if server declines". For authentication, select "Allow these protocols", and then select "Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)". Do not check the last box labeled "Automatically use my Windows logon name and pasword (and domain, if any)". Then click "OK" when done.
  13. Now that our VPN connection has been created, we head back to the "Network and Sharing Center" window. Click "Connect to a network". On the window that pops up from the bottom right, click on the connection we just created. In our example it's "HostVPN Connection", so we click on the connection name, and then click on the "Connect" button that appears.
  14. On the next window, make sure your username is correct, and then fill in your HostVPN account password. Now, click "Connect".
  15. All should have gone well, and you should now be connected. To confirm, Go back to "Network and Sharing Center" and under "View your active networks" you should see the "HostVPN Connection" (or whatever name you chose) listed.
  16. Now, you should see a window popup shortly after you connect to the VPN that asks you to set the network location. It's important to choose "Public network" here, as this will ensure that any locally shared files or folders won't be accessible.

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