How to Manually Setup a PPTP, L2TP or STTP VPN Connection on Windows 8

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Windows 8 has just been publicly released last week and a lot of new computers were already delivered with the new Microsoft OS, including mine :). The OS might be new, but old needs – like unblocking restricted websites or encrypting internet traffic – are still there.

This article shortly presents how to set up a Windows 8 VPN connection (PPTP, L2TP or SSTP). The steps described are quite similar to those from Windows 7, with only several changes due to the Metro UI. Let’s get started!

Get to the Network Settings

Step 1. On the Start panel (Metro UI) point to the upper right corner, then move downward.

Step 2. Click on Search

SSTP VPN Windows 8

Step 3. Type Control Panel and select the application from the left panel.

PPTP VPN Windows 8

Setup the Windows 8 VPN connection

Step 4. Select View network status and tasks.

L2TP VPN Windows 8

Step 5. Select Set up a new connection or network.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 4

Step 6. Next, choose Connect to a workplace.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 5

Step 7. Click on Use my Internet connection.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 6

Step 8. Enter the VPN server name in the Internet address text box (you should get this from the VPN provider) and choose a name for the connection (Destination name). Next, click on Create button.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 7

Step 9. You will see the newly created connection in the right panel.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 8

Step 10. Right-click on the VPN connection and select View connection properties.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 9

Step 11. Next, you need to select the VPN protocol you want to use (PPTP, L2TP or SSTP). From the VPN Connection Properties window, go the Security tab and choose the Type of VPN. Also, make sure you select Allow these protocols and check Microsoft CHAP Version 2 and Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP).

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 12

 

Step 11-1. For L2TP, you need to enter a preshared key (also provided by the VPN service): click on Advanced settings, check Use preshared key for authentication and enter the key.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 13

Step 12. After you selected the VPN type click the OK button.

Use the Windows 8 VPN Connection

Step 13. Click Internet connection icon on the bottom right-hand corner.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 14

Step 14. Click on the VPN connection and then on the Connect button.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 15

Step 15. Enter your VPN username and password (you get these from the VPN provider) and click OK.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 16

… and you are now connected! Go to xmyip.com to check your new IP address.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 17

Disconnect from VPN

Step 16. In order to disconnect click on the VPN connection and press Disconnect.

Step 17. If you want to remove a VPN connection go to Network and Sharing Center (step 5) , select Change adapter settings from left panel. Then, right click on the connection and select Delete.

L2TP VPN Windows 8 - Step 18

Basically, you can use on Windows 8 any VPN service that supports PPTP, L2TP and/or SSTP protocols like: HideMyAss, or ibVPN.

Enjoy!

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