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How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 7

This tutorial will show you how to set up OpenVPN on Windows 7 using the SmartyDNS VPN services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

To set up VPN easily we recommend to use the SmartyDNS app.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. In order to set up OpenVPN on Windows 7 you will have to download and install OpenVPN GUI first.
  2. Download OpenVPN GUI.
  3. Once the software is downloaded install it:
  4. Click on “Next” (1).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 1

  5. Then click on “I Agree” (2).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 2

  6. Click on “Next” (3) again.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 3

  7. Now click on “Install” (4).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 4

  8. If the following message will appear click on “Install” (5).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 5

  9. Then Click on “Next” (6).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 6

  10. Click on “Finish” (7).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Windows 8: Step 7

  11. Now you will have to download the config files, then to unzip the downloaded file. Copy all the files to OpenVPN configuration folder. Usually it is located in C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. If you get an error about privileges, please move the zip archive to C:\ folder, extract it and move it back to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ folder.
  12. Set the OpenVPN software to “run as administrator”. Right-click on the OpenVPN icon, then press “Properties”. Choose “Advanced”. Check the “Run as administrator” checkbox. From now on, OpenVPN software will always run as administrator.
  13. To connect, right-click on the OpenVPN icon, select the server you want to connect to, then click “Connect”. You can choose between two different protocols for OpenVPN: TCP and UDP. We recommend UDP as it is usually faster.

To disconnect, simply right click on the OpenVPN server you then choose “Disconnect”.

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