How to set up ExpressVPN for Windows 10 (PPTP manual setup)

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This tutorial guide will show you how to manually set up a VPN for Windows 10 using the PPTP protocol.

Important: PPTP provides 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.

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 username 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.

ExpressVPN welcome email with Set Up ExpressVPN button highlighted.

If you cannot find the link, sign in to your account here.

ExpressVPN Sign in screen with Sign In button highlighted.

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

ExpressVPN setup screen with Set Up on More Devices button highlighted.

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 username and password. A list of server addresses can be found 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.

ExpressVPN credentials for PPTP and L2TP manual config.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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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:

Wi-Fi 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.

Internet access menu with Network settings highlighted.

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

Network & Internet menu with Add a VPN connection highlighted.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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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: Username 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.

Windows Settings menu with relevant fields highlighted.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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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.

Network & Internet menu with ExpressVPN Connection highlighted.

Congratulations! 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 want to connect to.

Internet access menu with ExpressVPN server locations highlighted.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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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.

Windows Network & Internet menu with VPN and Disconnect highlighted.

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