Setup a VPN Connection on your Windows 8 Based System using OpenVPN Protocol

To setup the OpenVPN connection on Windows 8 OS, you need to install the client for this protocol. Follow the below steps to setup the connection.

  • Download the OpenVPN installer, open it and click on the next button to proceed.
  • You will see the license agreement window, click on ‘I Agree’ to proceed to the next screen.
  • You will be prompted to select the required components, click on the next button.
  • Now, you need to provide the path, where you want to install the OpenVPN client. Click on the Install button to proceed with the default address provided.
  • Here, you will get a popup confirming the installation, where you need to click on ‘Install’ to continue with the process.
  • Then, you will see a box displaying the installation progress. Wait for it to finish and click on the ‘next’ button, after the installation is complete.
  • You will be taken to the installation finished box. Click on the ‘finish’ button to complete the installation.
  • You will get a shortcut icon for the OpenVPN client, where you need to right click and select the properties icon to proceed with the configuration of the connection.
  • Move to the compatibility tab, where you need to enable the option to run as an administrator and then click on OK button to apply the changes.
  • Now you need to add the configuration files to the vpn client that you just installed, which your VPN service provider will provide you or you can find them online. To add configuration files to the client, you need to go to the config folder of the client at the address “C:/Program Files/OpenVPN/config” and paste the file there.
  • The OpenVPN client doesn’t run by default on windows 8, for which the “Network Connections” service required is not set to enable by default. Go to search, then type “services.msc” and then click “services” from the result to access the Services Control Panel.
  • In the list of services, you need to find an entry by the name “network connections” and then modify it from manual to automatic mode to avoid starting it manually every time. Start the service and close the window.
  • The connection is now ready to connect to, which you can connect by double-clicking to open the connection wizard on the icon for the VPN connection.
  • You might get a popup for confirmation, click on ‘Yes’ button to continue with the service.
  • You will get an icon on the taskbar, on which you need to make a right click and then click on the connect option to connect to the desired server.
  • For multiple configuration files, you need to select the configuration and click on the connect option to establish a connection using the desired configuration.
  • You will be prompted to enter the credentials, which you will get from your service provider. Enter the credentials and click on OK to connect to the server.
  • To disconnect from the service, you need to right click on the taskbar icon, the same way as for connecting, and select the disconnect option.

Windows 8

So, now you are ready to use the OpenVPN connection on your windows 8 OS.

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