How to set up ExpressVPN for Windows 10 (Manual Setup)

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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to manually set up a VPN for Windows 10.

Sections

Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
Add a VPN connection
Set up your VPN connection
Connect to the VPN server location
Disconnect from the VPN server location


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.

open the welcome email

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

sign in to our website

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged into the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.

set up expressvpn

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec tab on the right. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world.

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.

copy pptp and l2tp info

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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:

wifi icon

If you are using an Ethernet connection, the icon will look like this:

ethernet icon

From the menu that pops up, select Network settings.

go into you rnetwork settings

In the Network & Internet settings panel, select VPN > Add a VPN connection.

add a vpn connection

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Set up your VPN connection

To set up a VPN connection, you will need your server addressusername, 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: Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
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.

Click Save.

vpn connection settings

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Connect to the VPN server location

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.

click connect

Awesome! Your VPN connection is now up and running.

Pro Tip

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.

switch vpn servers

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Disconnect from the VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Network & Internet > VPN > [name of VPN connection] > Disconnect.

disconnect from the vpn server

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