How to configure a PPTP connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 PPTP VPN Client Setup

Let’s talk about Windows 7 PPTP VPN client setup in this article, so that you can connect to your home or company’s PPTP VPN server later. In addition, you can also use this VPN client to connect to VPN server that supports L2TP/IPSec, SSTP or IKEv2 VPN protocol.

Without wasting more time, let’s start to configure Windows 7 PPTP VPN client:

1) Go to Start and click on Control Panel.

2) Proceed to click View network status and tasks in Control Panelwindow.

how to view network status and tasks in Windows 7

3) Network and Sharing Center window will appear, proceed to click on Set up a new connection or network.

set up VPN client in Windows 7

4) Set up a Connection or Network window appears. Choose Connect to a workplace option and click Next.

connect to a workplace in windows 7 win7

5) Proceed to click on Use my Internet connection (VPN) (your computer should have connected to network).

use VPN connection in Windows 7

6) Let’s type the IP address or host name of the VPN server computer that you plan to connect to and also name the connection. Most of the time the IP address is the public WAN IP of your home network’s DSL/cable Internet connection if the VPN server is located behind your home router. Click Next.

Note: Tick that Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later option if you are not ready to establish the VPN connection yet. You can also tick other options if it’s applicable.

Windows 7 VPN server IP address

7) Type your VPN user name and password, after that click Create.

Note: For safety concern, don’t tick Remember this password option.

username password for PPTP VPN

8) Ok! Now the VPN connection is ready to use, just click Connect now to establish the VPN connection if you are ready. If not, click Close and connect it later.

Windows 7 - connect PPTP VPN

9) If you click on network icon (right hand corner of taskbar area), you will notice that new VPN connection item is created and you can click Connect to establish VPN connection.

Note: You can also right click the VPN connection and click on Properties in order to configure this connection in details as needed.

VPN client detailed options

Note: If you open VPN connection properties, you can make further VPN configuration. The security tab also shows you the supported VPN types (Automatic is default setting) but if you know the right VPN type, then choose it here as it will complete the connection faster. (i.e. PPTP)

Windows 7 - type of supported VPN