Windows 10

Use these step-by-step tutorial guides to set up a VPN on a computer running Windows 10.

 

 

To find setup guidelines for other versions of Windows, select one of the following:

 

You can also access setup guidelines for other platforms (macOS, iOS, Android and more) here.

 

Automatic Configuration

The NordVPN application for Windows is the fastest and easiest way to set up the VPN service on your computer. This tutorial explains how to download, install and sign in to the application. It also shows different ways how you can choose the most suitable server and connect to it. Various settings are explained here as well, including SmartPlay, Connect on Start and more.

The NordVPN application for Windows uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. This versatile protocol supports a great number of strong encryption algorithms and ciphers. To ensure the protection of your data, we use AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key.

All the necessary configurations are set up by default in the NordVPN application, so you can install and run it right away. That said, the application also provides plenty of flexibility to match your individual needs.

 

Manual Configuration

If you want to have more control over the VPN configuration process, you can set up the chosen security protocol manually. However, please note that some of the protocols are not recommended for general use.

 

OpenVPN

 

If you choose to set up the OpenVPN protocol manually, you can do it by using the OpenVPN GUI open-source software. This tutorial will walk you through the required steps.

 

L2TP/IPsec

This tutorial explains how you can set up L2TP/IPsec, a Layer-2 tunneling protocol encapsulated within IPsec.

Please note that this protocol is mostly used when newer protocols aren’t supported, or when security is far less important than the ability to use a VPN at all. For instance, you can use L2TP/IPsec if you have old hardware or are based in a country where this is the only protocol that can penetrate Governmental/ISP firewalls.

 

PPTP

The Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol was one of the first encryption protocols that came into existence. It is quite simple to set up and runs on a lot of Windows versions. However, the reason that more protocols came into existence is because PPTP is not nearly as secure as it should be. We recommend this only when security isn’t the main priority or where legacy support is required.

 

IKEv2/IPsec

The IKEv2/IPsec protocol significantly increases security and privacy by employing very strong cryptographic algorithms and keys, so it’s the best choice for the most security-minded. You can set it up on your Windows 10 computer by following the guidelines provided in the IKEv2/IPsec tutorial.

 

SSTP

The Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol is a protocol introduced by Microsoft and first launched in Windows Vista Service Pack 1. Due to its integration with the Windows operating system, Windows users find it much more stable than any other protocol. However, please note that SSTP has not been independently audited and is advisable to be used at your own risk.