Most of our readers are Windows users. While using my VPN solution, which comes with an OpenVPN client, I found out that sometimes everything seems to be connecting fine: I enter my credentials, then the connection log displays with a lot of information that barely make sense to a regular user that doesn’t want to care about what’s said. After a few lines, Windows shows on the status bar that I am now connected through my VPN, it even shows that I now have a 10.10.10.x IP address. Learn about the OpenVPN connection problem.
Content not available for your country …
Most regular users would think that when this Windows message stating that the VPN connection is established shows up, everything is fine and that they now have a secure VPN connection. They think they can now access services like Hulu, Spotify or any geo-targeted website. Then, surprise, when they try to access this site, they still have the regular message “content not available for your country”. What’s happening? Didn’t I use my VPN connection? Is this VPN solution I opted for lying to me? ….
Verify your IP address
The most advanced user will then try to verify what IP address the whole internet think they have. So let’s say that I am based in Madagascar, and I usually an IP address similar to 41.x.x .x. If I go to places like xmyip.com, it will confirm that I am actually based in Madagascar. If I used a VPN connection, and if this connection was setup correctly, xmyip.com would see that I now have a 208.x.x.x – like IP address, and it will think that I am somewhere in Los Angeles, or whatever VPN endpoint that I would have chosen.
However, most of the times, when you run an OpenVPN client on Windows, everything seems to be connecting fine although the whole internet still thinks you are not behind a VPN, though you’re still showing your original country IP address.
Not an issue with the VPN provider: OpenVPN connection problem
In fact, it’s not an issue with the VPN provider that you opted for, it is an OpenVPN connection problem. A lot of people are using this software so it must be working, right? It’s not your fault too, as you are proceeding the way it should be, which is: use the OpenVPN client, enter your credentials and then hit “connect”, wait for the client to confirm that you are actually connected.
The issue resides in the fact that some OpenVPN client is launched at Windows startup phase, but with the wrong credentials. In fact, in order to be able to do low-level network configuration, the OpenVPN needs to be run with Administrator privileges. That’s where the issue lies. Most OpenVPN clients aren’t run with administrator privilege at startup, though some network components failed to successfully load.
Simple solution: Run as administrator
Luckily, the solution to the OpenVPN connection problem is pretty simple: you first need to stop the currently running OpenVPN client (this usually is a matter of exiting from the OpenVPN). Then you need to relaunch the OpenVPN with administrator mode. This is usually just a matter of right-clicking on the OpenVPN icon, then chose “Run as administrator”. Now you should have the OpenVPN client running, then you can connect and xmyip.com should find your VPN IP for this session.
This is a bit tricky and can sometimes lead you to unpredictable results.
Now we’d like to hear from you any other issues you had while using your VPN connections. Tell us more in the comment section.