Setting up your Windows XP 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 XP, 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 Windows Start button and then Control Panel.


Open the Network Connections window by clicking on the Network Connections in the Control Panel and click on Create New Connection.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP network connection
When the new connection wizard appears, press Next to continue.
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP setup new connection
Select Connection to the network at my workplace to configure your VPN connection.
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP setup a VPN connection
Select Virtual Private Network connection and click Next.
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN connection

When you are prompted for a Company Name, enter MPN GBR for our U.K service or something similar if you are connecting to one of our other countries and click Next.


This is simply the name that Windows will give to the new connection.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN server name

L2TP Connection Configuration

Now enter the VPN details as below:
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN server address
Host name or IP address: (assuming you’re setting up a VPN connection to the U.K)
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.

The VPN setup is now complete. If you wish to create have a shortcut on your desktop, tick the checkbox Add a shortcut and click Finish to close the wizard.
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN setup complete

Enabling VPN Connection

Click on the MPN GBR icon or shortcut and it will launch the VPN.
Enter your My Private Network Username and Password and click Connect. You can click the Save this user name and password if you wish to have your VPN credentials saved.
Microsoft Windows XP PPTP connect to VPN

After clicking Connect, your system will connect to our VPN server. Once connected, you should see the small network icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. Placing your mouse cursor over the network icon will display the connection status.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN connected

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!

If you have any problems or can’t get connected, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible and try to help.