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How to setup a VPN on Windows XP

Click “Start”, and then click “Control Panel”.

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In Control Panel, double click “Network Connections”.

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Click “Create a new connection” in the Network Tasks, task pad.

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In the Network Connection Wizard, click “Next”.

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Select “Connect to the network at my workplace”, and then click “Next”.

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Select “Virtual Private Network connection”, and then click Next.

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If you are prompted, you need to select whether you will use a dialup connection or if you have a dedicated connection to the Internet either via Cable, DSL, T1, Satellite, etc.  Click “Next”. 

Type a host name, IP or any other description you would like to appear in the Network Connections area.


 [Your VPN name]

 (You can change this later if you want) Click Next”

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Type the host name or the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that you want to connect to, type:

 [your IP address]

and then click Next.

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You are just about done, the rest of the screens just verify your connection, click Next.

Click to select the Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop check box, then click “finish”.

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You are now done making your connection


Type in your username and Password, then select “Save this username and password for the following users:” Select “Me only”

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Select “properties”. Let’s take a look at how you can customize this connection before it’s used.

Select the Networking Tab. Highlight “Internet Protocol”, then select “Properties”

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Click “Advanced”

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Deselect “Use default gateway on remote computer”, click “Ok”. Then “ok”. Then “Ok”. Your connection is created.

Click “Connect”

You will see the connection in the system tray (bottom right corner).

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Remember to right click the VPN icon in the system tray and select “disconnect” when finished.

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