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PPTP (VPN) for Windows Vista

To set up a PPTP connection on Windows Vista using the OS built in client, please follow this procedure. Bring up the Start menu and select Connect To. The network connection wizards gets displayed.

Select Set up a connection or network from below the list of already configured connections. As shown in the screenshot below, this list can also be empty.

A so-called Connection to a workplace is needed, since this implies the creation of a VPN connection. Click Next.

Choose Use my Internet connection (VPN). Your already active Internet connection is used to establish a new one to proxy.sh.

The Internet address to connect to is attached to your welcome email or available in your product details, for the Destination name chose proxy.sh. Also decide whether other people should be allowed to use the newly created VPN connection. Do not forget to check Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later. Click Next.

Enter your credentials for User name and Password. Choose if you want to Remember this password for this VPN connection. Do not supply a Domain. Click Create. The connection wizard closes.

File and printer sharing should generally be disabled on any VPN connection. By disabling these protocols you prevent your machine from inadvertently leaking information to the Internet.

Again, open the Start menu and select Connect To. The opening window now lists the newly created connection to proxy.sh. Right click on it and select Properties.

In the General tab, verify that the proxy.sh PPTP IP is used as the host name. Click the Options tab.

Make sure that the Windows login domain is not included. The Redial attempts should be set to a very high number. Check Redial if line is dropped to have your machine always trying to reestablish failed connections. Click PPP Settings.

Inside the PPP Settings, it is important to have LCP extensions enabled and to have Software compression disabled. Close with OK and go on to the Security tab.

Check Advanced (custom settings), the button Settings gets active, click it.

In the Advanced Security Settings dialog set the Data encryption to Maximum strength encryption (disconnect if server declines). Down below in the Logon security context, make sure to have only Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) selected. Close the dialog box by clicking OK and switch to the Networking tab.

Change the Type of VPN to be PPTP VPN, so the client does not probe for different kinds of VPN. Uncheck File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks as well as Client for Microsoft Networks from the list of used items and click OK. Furthermore uncheck IPv6 from the list of available network protocols. Finally, enter the last tab, Sharing.

If you like to make your proxy.sh connection available to other users available on your machine, check the corresponding setting. Otherwise, just close the dialog window by clicking OK.

Now all you need to do is to click on Connect. Enjoy!

NB: If you encounter difficulties to connect with PPTP, please try to switch to OpenVPN. OpenVPN is more reliable, more secure and more flexible. OpenVPN also allows you to try various ports, including 'discreet' ones such as TCP 443. Below, you will find an aggregate of useful guides and articles that will help you troubleshoot your problems, should you have any.

Guide for setting up Safejumper (OpenVPN) on Windows Vista.
I cannot find the .ovpn and .crt files necessary for OpenVPN. Where are they?
No matter how hard I try, I cannot succesfully connect to OpenVPN.
I can't access any website through my browser while connected to VPN.
I am connected to the VPN but my IP is not yet hidden. Help!
I am having some kind of other problem. Where can I find some help?
How can I find the local log files of my VPN client?

If you still cannot connect successfully, please open a support ticket and include either a copy of your logs or a screenshot of your configuration and encountered errors. Logs can usually be found in software menus or settings, as well as their directories of installation (.log or .txt files). If you do not include a log or a screenshot, it will be hard for us to help you resolve the issues you have with connecting to our network.
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