Setting up your Windows Vista computer to connect to My Private Network’s VPN should take just a few minutes using the PPTP protocol. Please note that your computer needs to be connected to the Internet and able to browse the web before moving on with the instructions below.

While we recommend using our SSL OpenVPN application as the first option to connect to our service on Windows Vista, there might be some cases where this might not work well on your network. In this case, you can try this alternative PPTP VPN connection, which is much easier to setup compared to the other protocols.

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Check Internet Connectivity


Make sure your system is connected to the internet and that you are able to browse the web. To check your location, please go to our IP Info page.

IP Info

This shows the IP Address and country that you are currently connecting from, in this example, the user is connecting from Singapore.

Getting Started


Click on the Windows Start button and click on Control Panel

Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP control panel
In the Control Panel click on Network and Internet
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP network and Internet settings
Click on Network and Sharing Center.
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP network and sharing center
Now choose ‘Set up a connection or network
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP setup vpn connection

Choose Connection Option

Select Connect to a workplace: Set up a dial-up or VPN connection to your workplace and click Next.
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP setup VPN

You will be asked if you wish to use a connection that you already have. Usually you need to click No, however this depends on the type of Internet connection you are using.

Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP create a new connection

Choose Internet connection (VPN)

In the following window, click on Use my Internet connection (VPN)
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP connect using VPN

PPTP Connection Configuration

Now enter the VPN details as below:
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP enter VPN address
Internet address: (assuming you’re setting up a VPN connection to the U.K)
Destination name: MPN GBR
Note: If you wish to use our Free service, the servername that you need to use is and your connection will be rotated between different countries we have in our Free VPN cluster.
To connect to any of our other servers, (ie. our USA servers) simply change the Server name and rename the Connection name to reflect another location. For a list of server names, please refer to our complete list of servers here.
Once you’ve entered those details, check over them once more just to ensure they are correct and click Next.

VPN Authentication Settings

You will now be asked for your My Private Network Username and Password, these are the same details that you registered with us.
You must leave the Domain (optional) box empty and click Create.
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP enter VPN credentials

Enabling VPN Connection

After the steps above, you should then see the window attempt to connect and then see Successfully connected to My Private Network.
Click Close.
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP VPN connected

Set Network Location

You will then be prompted to set the network location, select Public Location and then close.
Microsoft Windows Vista PPTP VPN set network location

Check your IP Address


If you now check your IP address again from the IP Info page, your location should show that you are now in the UK (or which ever country you have connected to).


Note: The server IP address and country name will vary depending on the server or country you are connected to.

Any Problems?


Unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan!


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