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How to Set Up VPN on Windows
December 12, 2014

Privatoria has made it our utmost priority to maximize your privacy and data security. We provide users with anonymous VPNs (Virtual Private Network). By encrypting your data to our remote secure servers, we enable anyone to use the public internet through a secure private network.

VPNs create a tunnel which your network and online activity travel through. Being inside of that tunnel allows that information to remain hidden from anyone else sniffing around on the same network. Furthermore, all of your data is encrypted, giving you another level of security.

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Here are the instructions on how to connect to our VPN server by using L2TP/IPsec VPN Client which is built-in on Windows XP, 7, 8, RT, Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

 How to Set Up VPN on Windows

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In these instructions, we use Windows 7 screenshots to help show the process. Windows XP and Windows 8 are similar, however, there are a few slight changes.

  1. Initial configuration (done only once)

Right-click the network icon on the bottom-right side of Windows screen and click “Open Network and Sharing Center”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 1

Click “Set up a new connection or network” on the “Network Sharing Center”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 2

Select “Connect to a workplace”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 3

Select “Use my Internet connection (VPN)”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 4

You have to input the destination VPN server’s IP address or hostname here.

Server address: privatoria.net for Germany server or another for other locations. Full list you’ll see in your control panel.

How to set up VPN on Windows 5

Enter either the hostname or IP address in the “Internet address” field on the configuration wizard.

How to set up VPN on Windows 6

After you enter the “Internet address”, check the “Don’t connect now; just set up so I can connect later” checkbox at the bottom of the screen. If the user name and password prompting screen appears, input both the user name and password into the provided field. Remember to click the “Remember this password” box for convenience. When “The connection is ready to use” a message  will appear. Click the “Close” button. Do not click the “Connect now” button.

How to set up VPN on Windows 7

Go to “Network and Sharing Center” and click “Change adapter settings”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 8

The currently defined VPN connection settings are listed. Right click on the icon you created in the previous step, and click “Properties”.

How to set up VPN on Windows 9

On the Properties screen, switch to the “Security” tab. (In Windows XP, switch to the “Network” tab.) Choose “Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPSec)” on the “Type of VPN” drop-down list.

How to set up VPN on Windows 10

Next, click the “Advanced settings” button (in Windows XP, click the “IPsec Settings” on the “Security” tab). The following screen will appear. Click “Use pre-shared key for authentication” and input the pre-shared key  into the “Key” field. Pre-shared key: vpn

How to set up VPN on Windows 12

After the above configuration is finished, click the “OK” button twice to close the property screen of the VPN connection setting.

  1. Connect to the VPN Server

Double-click the created VPN connection setting; the below screen will appear. The “User name” and “Password” fields should be automatically filled in if you enabled the password-saving options in the previous step. If not, input both the “User name” and “Password” into the fields. Click the “Connect” button to start the VPN connecting attempts.

How to set up VPN on Windows 13

While the VPN is trying to be established, the following screen displays statuses. If an error occurs, confirm your settings; make sure that the type of VPN is “L2TP/IPsec” , and the pre-shared key is correctly specified.

How to set up VPN on Windows 14

If the VPN connection is successfully established, a VPN connection icon will be listed on the screen which appears when you click the network icon on the bottom-right of Windows screen. The status of the VPN connection icon should read “Connected”. At this point, you can initiate the VPN connection by simply clicking this VPN icon from now on.

How to set up VPN on Windows 15

  1. Enjoy VPN communication

While the VPN is established, all communications will be relayed via the VPN Server.

If you have problems with the VPN setup using a WiFi router you should check out the following options:

·   Go to Router settings,

·   Choose Security option,

·   Open VPN tab.

·   Make sure that the following buttons aren’t turned off: L2TP Passthrough and IPSec Passthrough.

·   If they are turned off; turn them on, save the changes and reboot the router.

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  • Lyudmila

    How can i set up a VPN on Mac Os?

  • Solomon

    I’m trying to configure a privatoria vpn on my PC since yesterday evening but it doesn’t work. It gives me this pop up message:
    “Error 789: The L2TP connection attempt failed because the security layer encountered a processing error during initial negotiations with the remote computer”

    I tried several times by deleting the connection I’ve created previously, but with no luck.
    I bought a 1 month subscription, so it would be very nice if you could help me out!

    Thank you!
    (I’m using Windows 7 x64 )

    • Jacek

      I’m using Windows 8.1 x64, and have the same problem, can you help?

    • JOrGe

      Windows 10 same.

  • Jacek

    I’m using Windows 8.1 x64, and have the same problem like Solomon, can you help?

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