How to Setup a PPTP VPN on Windows 10

The Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is widely considered unsecure, and even its creator (Microsoft) has warned against using it. For this reason, most VPN providers nowadays have discontinued PPTP in their apps. No worries; there are still a few providers that support it, so get ready to learn how to setup a PPTP VPN on Windows 10.

The protocol can be somewhat useful, as its weak encryption allows for faster network speeds while still being able to unblock geo-restricted content. We highly recommend using other VPN protocols (such as OpenVPN, IKEv2, or the newly released WireGuard) when working with online payments and sensitive logins (email, social media, etc.).

In any case, here’s how to manually set up PPTP on Windows 10. We’ll be using VyprVPN for the job, as it’s one of the more secure, independently audited no-logs VPNs that still support PPTP.

How to Setup a PPTP VPN on Windows 10 (4 Easy Steps)

The process is fairly easy – just make sure you’re signed up with a VPN provider that supports PPTP.

1. Right-click your network connection’s icon (found in the bottom-right corner of the screen). Depending on the type of connection you have, it’ll look like a Wi-Fi icon or a PC monitor (Ethernet). Click on Open Network & Internet settings.

how to open network & internet settings on windows 10

2. Choose “VPN” in the menu to the left, then click on “Add a VPN connection“.

how to add a vpn connection

3. Fill in the following details into their respective boxes:

  • VPN provider: Windows (built-in)
  • Connection name: Up to your preference – we went with “VyprVPN”.
  • Server name or address: See VyprVPN’s list of servers. If you use a different provider, they should have their own list of servers on their main website.
  • VPN type: Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
  • Type of sign-in info: User name and password
  • User name (optional): The email you used to sign up
  • Password (optional): The password you typed when signing up

Finally, check the box that says Remember my sign-in info and click Save.

how to setup a pptp vpn on windows 10

4. Once the setup is finished, click on your VPN connection, then click Connect – and you’re done!

how to connect to PPTP VPN on windows 10

That’s how to setup a PPTP VPN on Windows 10 without much of a hassle. Now you can easily browse content from abroad, albeit with minimal security. You can click Disconnect on this screen if you want to return to your default connection.

How to Change PPTP VPN Server Location

Want to change server location on your newly setup PPTP VPN? Easy – here’s what you need to do.

1. Access the VPN menu just as before (right-click your network connection -> click Open Network & Internet settings -> click VPN on the left). Next, click on your PPTP VPN, then click on Advanced options.

advanced options for PPTP VPN in Windows 10

2. Under “Connection properties” click on Edit.

how to edit VPN connection properties in Windows 10

3. Change the Server name or address field to the new server address you want. Click Save to finish up.

how to change location in PPTP VPN on windows 10

That’s about it – enjoy server hopping and exploring all the content out there!

If you’re having trouble with the PPTP VPN setup on Windows 10, don’t hesitate to ask for help in the comments. We’ll be happy to guide you every step of the way.



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