How to Set Up and Use ExpressVPN on Windows 7, 8, 10, and Higher

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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to set up ExpressVPN version 6.x for Windows on your PC or laptop.

Please note that this app requires Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, or later versions of Windows.


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Download the app
Get your activation code
Install the app
Set up ExpressVPN
Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from the VPN server location
Choose a different VPN server location
Switch to a different VPN protocol
Use the VPN Speed Test
Uninstall the app


Download the app

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

log in to expressvpn.com

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged in to the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page. This will take you to the Downloads page.

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Click on the Windows section, then click on the Download button for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 to start downloading your app.

Do not close the window! You will need it for the next step.

download windows app

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Get your activation code

In order to use ExpressVPN on your Windows computer, you will need your activation code. Let’s copy it to your clipboard.

To copy your activation code to the clipboard, click the copy code icon in the top right corner of the box containing the code. You will be asked to provide it later.

click to copy activation code

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Install the app

Locate and double-click on the download file on your computer.

download expressvpn windows app 6.0

The setup process will begin with this Welcome screen. Click Install.

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A pop-up dialogue may ask you, “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” Click Yes.

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Please wait while the app is being installed on your PC. During installation, you may be asked to close any running instances of ExpressVPN, click OK to close running instances of ExpressVPN and proceed with the installation.

You will also need to install the ExpressVPN TAP driver as part of the app installation process. When you see Windows Security screen for ExpressVPN Network adapters, click Install.

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You will be notified when the installation process has successfully completed. The app will automatically launch when installation is complete.

Click Close to exit the Setup Wizard and launch ExpressVPN.

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You can also launch ExpressVPN by locating the ExpressVPN shortcut on your desktop. Double-click the app icon to launch ExpressVPN.

double click the vpn app to open it

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Set up ExpressVPN

On the ExpressVPN Setup screen, paste your activation code. This is the code you found earlier. You can paste it by pressing Ctrl + V, or right-clicking the rectangular field and clicking Paste. Then click OK.

You can also choose to anonymously share analytics about your VPN connections to help ExpressVPN optimize your service. Check or uncheck the box as you wish. ExpressVPN does not collect your private data and anonymizes it before it reaches ExpressVPN servers.

expressvpn setup screen

When the activation is complete, you will see a “Success!” screen. Click Start using the app.

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Congratulations! You are now ready to access ExpressVPN’s vast network of server locations.

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Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a  VPN server location, click the ON Button. By default, ExpressVPN will suggest the location that provides the most optimal experience for you, called Smart Location.

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Once you see the VPN is ON message on the app screen, you can begin surfing with freedom and security!

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Note: a single ExpressVPN subscription can be used simultaneously on three devices, regardless of platform. If you try to use more than three devices simultaneously on one subscription, you will see the below screen:

error-simultaneous-connection-windows

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Disconnect from the VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server location, click the ON Button while the VPN is on.

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You will know you are disconnected when you see the “VPN is OFF” message.

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Choose a different VPN server location

To choose a different VPN server location, click on CHOOSE LOCATION to access the list of VPN locations.

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To connect to a server location, click on it, then click the ON Button. Alternatively, you can connect by double-clicking the location.

The list of VPN locations features three tabs: Recommended, All, and Favorites.

The Recommended tab shows you ExpressVPN’s top picks for you to connect to.

windows recommended tab

The All tab lists the VPN server locations by region. You can expand and collapse the lists by tapping on the triangular arrowheads.

windows all tab

The Favorites tab has two sections. “Recently Connected” shows the three most recent locations you connected to. “Favorites” shows the locations you have saved as a favorite by clicking the star icon next to the location name.

windows favorites tab

You can also search for your desired server location by using the search bar. To launch the search bar, press Ctrl + F.

Inside the search bar, type the name of your desired server location and then double-click the server location in the search results to connect to it.
location search

After disconnecting from a server location you selected, you can return to your smart location (the location recommended for the smoothest experience) by clicking SMART LOCATION.

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Switch to a different VPN protocol

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server. Switching to a different protocol can help you achieve faster connection speeds.

To switch to a different protocol, click on the hamburger menu (≡), then click Options. Make sure you’re not connected to the VPN when doing this.

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In the Protocols tab, select the protocol you want to use, then click OK.

change your vpn protocol

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Use the VPN Speed Test

To use the VPN Speed Test, you must be disconnected from the VPN. Instructions on how to use the speed test can be found here: How to Use the VPN Speed Test for Windows.

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Uninstall the app

NOTE: The below instructions are for Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, please see the instructions for uninstalling programs on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

To uninstall the ExpressVPN app, right-click on the Start button and select Programs and Features.

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If Programs and Features is not directly available by right-clicking the Start button, access it by first clicking on Control Panel and then selecting Programs and Features.

click control panel

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Scroll through the list of programs until you locate ExpressVPN. Select ExpressVPN and then click Uninstall.

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In the Setup Wizard, click Uninstall.

uninstall wizard

You will be notified when ExpressVPN is successfully uninstalled. Click Close to exit the Setup Wizard.

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