How to manually setup and use the VPN for Windows XP


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If you can’t use the ExpressVPN application (for example, you don’t have administrator permission on your computer), on Windows XP, you can manually setup a VPN connection using the L2TP VPN protocol. For this you’ll need a PPTP/L2TP/SSTP account. If you don’t already have one, please contact us.

The instructions below can be used to set up a VPN connection using the L2TP, SSTP, and PPTP protocols. Just select the extracted ZIP file you want that corresponds to the type of VPN protocol you want. For the best encryption and speed, we suggest you choose L2TP for your VPN connection.

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Download the Windows dialer
Configure the Windows dialer
Trouble with the pbk file?

Download the Windows dialer

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

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.

set up expressvpn

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec tab on the right. You will find the IPSec pre-shared key, your username, your password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

copy pptp and l2tp info

Click the Download Windows Dialers button at the bottom of the Manual Configuration section. This will download a ZIP file called

click download windows dialers

Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup.

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

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Configure the Windows dialer

Extract the ZIP file, and then choose one of the following two options. (Note: The following steps won’t work if you’re just viewing the contents of the ZIP file. It needs to be extracted.)

  • If you’re in a country with censorship: Double-click the ExpressVPN_L2TP dialer. This avoids censorship more reliably, but requires some one-time configuration, as in the next step.
  • Otherwise: Double-click the ExpressVPN_PPTP dialer. This may not avoid censorship, but is simpler to setup.

If you’ve chosen to use L2TP, perform the following configuration steps. You only need to do this once, before the first time you connect:

Click Properties:


In the Security tab, select Advanced, and click Settings:

advanced settings

Select Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2), and click OK:

microsoft chap version 2

Back in the Security tab, click IPSec Settings.

By Key, type: 12345678 , and click OK:

enter pre-shared key

Select a server location, and click Connect:

choose network connection

Type the credentials for your ExpressVPN L2TP/PPTP account, which you obtained earlier. Click Connect.

enter user name and password

That’s it! You’re connected.

To disconnect from the VPN, double-click the dialer file again, then click Hang Up.

hang up

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

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Trouble with the pbk file?

If you have trouble opening the pbk file, please use this tutorial to fix the issue.

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

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