Windows has a built-in VPN tool that lets you connect to almost any VPN service without using third-party software. Follow the below steps to use the built-in VPN tool in Windows 10.
The built-in Windows VPN has all the options to connect to a VPN network. One of the biggest benefits of using the built-in VPN is that you can connect to the VPN service with a single click.
In fact, most office environments use this tool to let their employees connect to the internal network. Additionally, most major consumer VPN provides also support built-in VPN tool in Windows 10. If you don't like to install yet another software, this is a great option to consider.
Without further ado, let me show you how to configure and use Windows built-in VPN tool.
A Few Things Before Gettings Started
Before you can use the built-in Windows VPN tool, you need to know a few things. They are as follows.
- You need to know the server address of the VPN connection.
- Know the authentication type. Most VPN services use a regular username and password to authenticate the connection.
- You need to have the authentication details. For example, if your VPN service uses username and password then you need to know those details.
In general, you can find all the above details from the VPN service provider or the system administrator. Once you have the details, proceed to the next section.
Steps to Setup & Use Built-in Windows VPN
1. To start off, search for "VPN Settings" in the start menu and click on the result to open VPN settings in the PC Settings app.
2. Here, click on the "Add a VPN Connection" button.
3. The above action will open a pop-up page. In the page, fill in the details as follows and click on the "Save" button.
- VPN Provider: Windows (built-in)
- Connection name: Name of your choice. This is the name you will see in the network connections pop-up.
- Server name or address: Enter the IP address or domain name of the VPN server.
- VPN Type: Select Automatic.
- Type of sign-in info: Select the authentication method used by your VPN service provider. In my case, it is the regular username and password.
- Username & Password: Enter the authentication details.
4. As soon as you click on the button, the settings will be saved and you will see a new VPN connection in the VPN Settings page.
5. Click on the connection item and then click on the "Connect" button.
6. If all the details are correct, the VPN connection will be successful. Once connected, you will see "Connected" under the VPN connection name.
That is all. Since the VPN connection is saved, you can access it from the Network Connections flyout menu. Just click on the network icon on the taskbar and you will see the VPN connection. To connect to the VPN, click on the connection and then click on the "Connect" button.
As you can guess, using the built-in VPN tool in Windows is nothing hard. However, keep in mind that you will be able to use other advanced settings provided by consumer VPN services. For example, you cannot switch between countries or change other settings related to the VPN connection.
If you are looking for more secure or featured filled VPN then try consumer-focused VPN services like this one. More often not, regular consumer VPN services provide you with their own software that has several features that will make your life a bit simpler.
That is all for now. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.