These VPN tutorials provide useful guidelines of getting started using a VPN on a Windows 7 computer.
To find setup guidelines for other Windows versions, follow one of these links:
Setup tutorials for other platforms and devices (macOS, iOS, Android and other) are available here.
NordVPN’s native application for Windows is the simplest and fastest way to set up the NordVPN service on your computer. This guide explains how you can download, install and log in to the application. It also describes various methods to choose the best servers for your needs and connect to them. In addition, it explains the changeable application settings, such as Kill Switch, Connect on Start and more.
The NordVPN application for Windows uses the OpenVPN security protocol by default. To guarantee the protection of your data, it is combined with the strong AES-256-CBC cipher with a 2048-bit DH key.
All the required configurations are set in advance, which means you can start using the NordVPN application right after you install it.
If you like to be in charge of the entire VPN setup process, you can configure the chosen security protocol manually by following these tutorials. However, some of the supported protocols are not advised for general use, so please keep it in mind when selecting the best configuration.
If you want to set up the OpenVPN protocol manually instead of relying on the NordVPN application, you can use the OpenVPN GUI open-source software. These guidelines will walk you through the required steps.
This tutorial shows how to manually configure L2TP/IPsec, a Layer-2 tunneling protocol encapsulated within IPsec. However, we only recommend to use it if your old hardware does not support OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPsec. Another case when it can be used is when the other protocols are blocked by your government or ISP.
PPTP is one of the oldest encryption protocols, which runs on multiple Windows versions and is quite easy to configure. However, we recommend using it only when security is not very important or where legacy support is needed.
The IKEv2/IPsec protocol employs very strong cryptographic algorithms and keys to significantly increase your security and privacy. Therefore, it is highly recommended for those who really care about security. You can set up this protocol on your Windows 7 computer by following the guidelines provided in the IKEv2/IPsec tutorial.
The SSTP protocol was introduced by Microsoft as a part of Windows Vista Service Pack 1. As it is integrated with the Windows operating system, users of Windows often find it more stable than other protocols. However, please note that SSTP has not been tested by independent auditors and using it can be risky.