This tutorial will show you how to manually set up a VPN for Windows Vista, 7, and 8 using the L2TP/IPsec protocol.
Not all ExpressVPN locations may be available for manually configured connections. To use the full list of VPN locations, use the app setup.
1. Download the Windows dialer
Go to the ExpressVPN setup page. If prompted, enter your ExpressVPN credentials and click Sign In.
Enter the verification code that is sent to your email.
On the right, select L2TP/IPsec.
This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.
Scroll down and click Download Windows Dialers.
When prompted, click Save.
Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.
2. Configure the VPN
On your Windows computer, open the folder where the ZIP file is saved. (By default, the file is saved in the Downloads folder.)
Locate the ZIP file called expressvpn_dialers. Right-click it, then click Extract All…
In the prompt window, click Extract to extract the ZIP file.
Right-click the unzipped file, then click Open.
Right-click ExpressVPN Windows L2TP, then click Open.
At the top, click the Security tab.
Make sure Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-Chap v2) is checked. This ensures the connection will be encrypted. For Data encryption, select Require encryption or Maximum strength encryption so that the connection will be encrypted.
Next, click Advanced settings.
Check Use preshared key for authentication. For Key, type 12345678. Click OK.
3. Connect to a VPN server location
Under Choose a network connection, select a VPN server location you want to use. Click Connect.
Enter the following information:
- User name: Enter the manual configuration username you found earlier.
- Password: Enter the manual configuration password you found earlier.
You are now connected to ExpressVPN.
To verify your connection, you can use ExpressVPN’s IP Address Checker to check your IP address. If you are connected properly, the IP address shown will correlate to the location you are connected to via the VPN.
Disconnect from a VPN server location
On your computer, locate ExpressVPN Windows L2TP, click Open.
In the Network Connections window, click Hang Up.
You are now disconnected from ExpressVPN.