Install and configure a VPN client on Windows 10, 8.1 or 7


You will eventually be unbeatable on VPN (Virtual Private Network)! After learning what a VPN and why it is almost essential to have one today; after understanding what VPN choose , between free, paid and on what criteria you should base you to choose the one for your needs, you will learn how to install and configure the VPN client vendor you choose!


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Note that each vendor offers its own VPN application to install a VPN client on their PC, mobile or tablet. So installation and configuration of VPN is different depending on the provider you have selected. You understand that I’m not going to show you the installation of all market VPN clients, otherwise this article would never be finished 😀 That’s why I decided to show you how to install and configure the VPN client provider I use for several months now: Private Internet Access . Do not worry, they might be different in form, VPN clients are very similar. There are very few differences between them, only the GUI and 2-3 options that rarely is used every day different.

Anyway, even if Private Internet Access is not the VPN you have chosen, you can still follow this tutorial for you to realize how easy and simple to install VPN access on Windows .

Downloading and installing the VPN

As I have said in the introduction, I’ll take for example Private Internet Access VPN (we will shorten ANP). All suppliers now offer installation packages that include the VPN client (used to connect to the VPN server) and all encryption protocols (OpenVPN for example). Vendors also make available on their website guides to help you install these installation packages in seconds.


Installation Instructions on the website of Private Internet Access

After you have registered and after choosing a subscription on the site of PIA download the VPN client for Windows on the dedicated page.


Private Internet VPN Client Download Page Access

Double-click the downloaded file to start the installation of VPN . As you can see, the PIA setup is very austere 😀


When prompted, click Install to install OpenVPN TAP interface.


Wait for the installation program displays “Installation complete! “. If the following error message appears, do not take account.


Let’s now configure the software to connect to the VPN server ! 🙂

Basic configuration of VPN

At the end of the installation, the main window of Private Internet Access opens. You can also launch it from the Start menu by typing “Private Internet Access.” What I like in this VPN client is that it is very minimalist. It goes to the point!


Enter the user name and password of your account PIA and eventually select the countries of the server you want to connect by default in Region . You can leave the option to Default , the VPN will then choose for you the most appropriate server.

You can also check the following options:

  • Start at Logon Application : Starts the application to Windows logon

  • When Auto-Connect App is Started : Automatically connects the VPN to the opening of the application

Click Save to save the settings.

To connect to the VPN, you now just need to right click on little red man in the notification area …


… and select Connect . You can also choose to connect to another server by selecting the desired country from the list.


You are connected to the VPN when little man turns green . Allow your mouse cursor on it to know the land that you are connected and the IP address that was assigned to you.


To verify that the connection to the VPN server is effective, you can visit the website . On the screenshot below, we see here that I am connected on a Swedish server 😉


You are now in the anonymity of utter! Your ISP – and other oversight body – now only sees encrypted data that will be exchanged with a server in Sweden (to use the example above) 😉

Advanced Configuration VPN

To return to the main window, right click the PIA icon in the notification area and select Settings located below.


Click Advanced to access all settings of Private Internet Access .


Here in detail the characteristics of each option:

  • Connection Type / Remote Port / Local Port : Specify the port used by the application to connect to the VPN server. This will solve connection problems if some ports are blocked on your network (eg. By the firewall of your work / university)

  • Port Forwarding : Enables port forwarding 1 (see below)

  • VPN Kill Switch : Disable your Internet connection if the VPN is disconnected. If you are connected to 2 simultaneous connections (eg. Ethernet cable and wireless), do not use this feature: it does not stop one type of active connection. Or turn off either of the 2 connections in Network Connections Windows

  • DNS Leak Protection : active protection against DNS leak 2 (see below)

  • IPv6 Leak Protection : active protection against IPv6 traffic leaks 3 (see below)

  • Small Packets solves “problems” in some networks. No information on the Private Internet Access site, I do not really know what it is

1 Port forwarding (Port Forwarding)

The Port Forwarding is to redirect network packets received on a given port of a network device (eg. Router) to a computer on a given port. If the VPN, you can configure the network for any packet arriving at port X (eg. 23740) of our IP address to be redirected to our PC on port X.

What’s the point? If you want to remotely access your PC connected to the VPN, you can do so by logging on the IP address provided by your VPN provider and harbor X. Also, if you download torrent files , it allows in theory (honestly I did not check) to connect to more than peers and thus accelerate your downloads. It’s also apparently essential if you want to upload torrent files to other users. Attention, the Port Forwarding night to privacy. Private Internet Access even recommends disabling for maximum privacy.

At Private Internet Access, the Port Forwarding works only on the following servers: CA Toronto, CA North York, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Romania and Israel. To know the port has been opened, let the mouse cursor over the little green guy in the notification area:


2 Protection against leaks DNS (DNS Leak Protection)

Reminder about DNS. A DNS is a server that contains the directories of all the websites. When you type “” into your browser, basic, your PC does not know where “”. It is a machine, and to communicate with other machines, it needs to have its own IP address ( the type) and know what other machines. When you type “” So your PC sends a request to the DNS servers (those usually your ISP) to find out what the IP address of “” for able to connect. DNS servers then match it can find “” to the IP address Your browser can then establish a connection to the server which hosts “”

You understood, there are two phases: connection to DNS servers and the website. Even if you are connected to your VPN, your operating system (eg. Windows) can continue to use the default DNS servers (those of your ISP) instead of anonymous your VPN DNS servers. This is a very big security risk, since all queries to the DNS servers of your ISP is not encrypted and can are analyzed. The protection against DNS leak (DNS Leak Protection) ensures that all of your connection goes exclusively into the secure VPN tunnel and not in the normal non-secure Internet connection.

3 Protection against leaks IPv6 traffic (IPv6 Leak Protection)

To connect to the Internet, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) provides a IPv4 address kind of Mulitplication before the machines connected to the Internet, the demand for IPv4 addresses continues to grow and in a few years there will be enough for everyone. Therefore, a new protocol was developed to replace IPv4: IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6). A IPv6 address looks like this: 2001: 0db8 0000: 85a3: 0000: 0000: ac1f: 8001. With IPv6, there will be enough IP addresses for everyone until the extinction of the human species 😀

Recently, some ISPs are beginning to provide – in addition to an IPv4 address – a IPv6 address in anticipation of the future. Unfortunately, if all the VPN clients well handle the routing table for IPv4, they tend to ignore the IPv6 routing table. No rule is added to redirect traffic to IPv6 in the encrypted VPN tunnel. The consequence ? All your IPv6 traffic bypasses the virtual interface of the VPN and therefore not protected. Your IPv4 traffic is certainly protected but a malicious program can trace your IPv6 traffic to spy on your internet activities … This is where protection against leaks IPv6 traffic (IPv6 Leak Protection): it just off IPv6 traffic to avoid traffic leaks.

to you to select the options you want 😉

I hope this little tutorial on installing and configuring the VPN Private Internet Access has enabled you to see how it is very easy to install a VPN client on his PC. You no longer have an excuse for being anonymous on the internet 😉


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