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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to manually set up a VPN for Windows 10 using the L2TP protocol.
Note: PPTP and L2TP-IPsec provide weak security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.
Prefer app setup? See the instructions for app setup on Windows 10.
Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
In order to use ExpressVPN on your PC running on Windows 10, you will need to set up a new VPN connection. To set up a VPN connection, you will need a server address and your user name and password. This section of the tutorial will show you how to find all of this information.
Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.
If you can’t find the link, sign in to your account here.
Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.
Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec tab on the right. You will now see:
- Your manual config username and password
- A list of server addresses (directly beneath your username and password). Click + to expand and see the addresses.
Keep this screen open! You will need to copy and paste these details later to set up your VPN connection. To copy, click on the copy information icon on the top right corner of the box.
Add a new VPN connection
To add a new VPN connection, click the Internet access icon in your system tray.
If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, the icon will look like this:
If you are using an Ethernet connection, the icon will look like this:
From the menu that pops up, select Network settings.
In the Network & Internet settings panel, select VPN > Add a VPN connection.
Set up your VPN connection
To set up a VPN connection, you will need your server address, username, and password from Step 1.
In the “Add a VPN Connection” menu, use the following settings:
VPN provider: Windows (built-in)
Connection name: [make up a name for your connection] Server name or address: [ExpressVPN server address] VPN type: L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
Pre-shared key: 12345678
Type of sign-in info: User name and password
User name: [username shown in the Manual Configuration (PPTP and L2TP-IPSec) section] Password: [password shown in the Manual Configuration (PPTP and L2TP-IPSec) section]
Check the box for Remember my sign-in info.
Connect to the VPN server location
Note: If you would like to connect to ExpressVPN on Windows startup, follow the app setup instructions.
You will now see your new VPN connection in the Network & Internet settings panel. To connect to the VPN server, click the name of the connection, then click Connect.
Awesome! Your VPN connection is now up and running.
Set up as many VPN server connections as you want by following the steps above.
To quickly connect to these servers, click on the Wi-Fi icon or Ethernet icon in the system tray, then select the server you’d like to connect to.
Disconnect from the VPN server location
To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Network & Internet > VPN > [name of VPN connection] > Disconnect.