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How to Manually Configure and Install a VPN on Windows 11

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Bookmark smallHow to Manually Set Up A VPN Connection on Windows 11 – A Quick Guide

Using a VPN adds a layer of security to your Windows 11 experience. While setting up a VPN using a VPN provider’s software client is easy, there are occasions when you’ll have to manually set it up.

Luckily, this is a fairly straightforward process. Follow the steps below to easily set up a VPN connection on Windows 11:

  1. Get valid login credentials and that you’re using an account with administrator permissions
  2. Click on the Start button and search for Settings
  3. Open the Settings menu and find the Network and Internet Icon
  4. Look for the VPN button and click on it
  5. Click on Add VPN
  6. Fill in the necessary details and click save. Your VPN connection has now been configured.

If you’d rather just use a VPN provider’s software client to manage your VPN connections, we’d recommend picking up a Surfshark subscription. It’s blazing fast and has an easy-to-use software client.

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Read the rest of the article for more information on the different ways to set up a VPN connection on Windows 11.

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Vpn shieldWindows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. It’s packed with some great features and visual changes that make it a pleasure to use. However, like previous iterations, it’s not fully secure. Using a VPN is highly recommended if you want to protect your privacy on Windows 11.

Like Windows 10, there are many ways to set up a VPN on Windows 11. If you’ve purchased a subscription from a leading VPN service provider, like Surfshark, then it’s best to just use the software or app they provide.

However,  if you want to connect to a dedicated VPN server, as is often the case for enterprise users, you’ll have to manually configure the VPN on Windows 11. This is usually the case with VPNs provided at workplaces or used by corporate networks.

While manually configuring a VPN may sound daunting, it’s a fairly simple process. In this article, we walk you through the steps involved in manually setting up a VPN connection on Windows 11. We also explain how you can easily set up a VPN that does come with a software client.


Step 1: Get the Correct Login Details

When adding a VPN connection on Windows 11, you’ll be asked to fill in the relevant login details. These usually consist of a username, password, and server address or name. Now, you’re probably wondering where you can find these details. Well, that depends on the kind of VPN connection you’re setting up.

If it’s a VPN connection for work, then your boss, company intranet site, or administrative section probably has the required log-in details. However, if it’s a VPN for private use, then the details are the same as those you used when creating an account or purchasing a subscription. Once you’ve got the necessary log-in details, proceed to the next step.

Of course, if you don’t have a VPN account yet, then you’d have to sign up with a reliable service provider and get a subscription. We’d recommend getting a subscription with Surfshark, as it’s fast, secure, and pretty affordable!