How to manually setup and use ExpressVPN on Windows Vista, 7, and 8

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If you cannot use the ExpressVPN application on Windows Vista/7/8, you can manually setup an ExpressVPN connection on your computer.

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Download the Windows dialer
Configure the Windows dialer


Download the Windows dialer

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

log in to expressvpn.com

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged in to the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.

set up expressvpn

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec tab on the right. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Keep this screen open! You will use the username and password for connecting to a server location later. To copy, click on the copy information icon on the top right corner of the box.

copy pptp and l2tp info

Click the Download Windows Dialers button at the bottom of the Manual Configuration section. This will download a ZIP file called expressvpn_dialers.zip

click download windows dialers

Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Configure the Windows dialer

Right-click on the zip file which should be found in your downloads folder by default then click on Extract All.

extract zip file

Click Extract on the subsequent pop-up window. This will not work if you are just viewing the contents of the ZIP file. The ZIP file needs to be extracted.

extract zip file

Double-click or right-click on the unzipped ExpressVPN Dialers folder and click Open.

unzipped expressvpn dialers

Double-click or right-click on ExpressVPN Windows L2TP and click Open.

open expressvpn windows l2tp

Click on Properties.

click-properties

Click on the Security tab on top.

security-tab

Make sure Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-Chap v2) is checked. This ensures the connection will be encrypted. When this is done, Data encryption can be set to “Optional encryption”, “Require encryption”, or “Maximum strength encryption” and the connection will still be encrypted.

check-ms-chap

Click on Advanced Settings.

advanced-settings-l2tp

Click on Use preshared key for authentication and type in 12345678 into the Key box.

enter preshared key for authentication

Click on OK.

ok advanced properties

Click on OK.

click-ok

Select a server location and click Connect.

select server location

Input the username and password found earlier and click Connect.

enter username, password, connect

Congratulations! You can now begin surfing with freedom and security!

To check if you are connected to our server, hover your mouse cursor over your active network connection indicator at the bottom right corner of your computer screen.

check status of vpn connection

To disconnect from the VPN, double-click the dialer file again, and then click Hang Up:

hang up

confirm hang up

Note: These steps can also be used to connect using the PPTP or SSTP protocols. To change to these protocols, just select the corresponding dialer file. ExpressVPN recommends trying L2TP first, then SSTP, and PPTP only as a last resort. This is because PPTP offers only minimal security.

NOTE: If you have trouble opening the pbk file, please use this tutorial to fix the issue.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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