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Windows 8

These easy-to-follow tutorials will help you get started with a VPN on a Windows 8 computer.

To find setup guidelines for other Windows versions, follow one of these links:

You can find setup tutorials for other platforms and devices (macOS, iOS, Android and other) here.

Automatic configuration

NordVPN’s native application for Windows is the easiest and fastest way to set up the VPN service on your computer. This tutorial explains how you can download, install and sign in to the application. It describes different methods to choose the best servers for your needs and connect to them. In addition, it explains various settings, such as Kill Switch, Connect on Start and more.

The OpenVPN security protocol is used in the NordVPN application for Windows by default. This flexible protocol supports multiple encryption algorithms and ciphers. We use the strong AES-256-CBC cipher with a 2048-bit DH key to guarantee the protection of your data.

All the required configurations are preset in the NordVPN application, which means you can start using it right after the installation. That said, the application gives plenty of freedom to adapt the settings for your own requirements.

Manual configuration

If you like to control the entire VPN setup procedure, 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 configure the OpenVPN protocol manually instead of relying on the NordVPN application, you can use the OpenVPN GUI open-source software. These guidelines will explain how to do it.


These guidelines show how you can configure L2TP/IPsec, a Layer-2 tunneling protocol encapsulated within IPsec.

However, this security protocol is usually used only when more recent protocols aren’t supported, or when being able to use a VPN is more important than security. For example, you can choose to set up L2TP/IPsec on old hardware or if you are located in a country where no other protocols can bypass government or ISP firewalls.


PPTP is one of the oldest encryption protocols. It is relatively easy to configure and runs on multiple Windows versions. However, a lot of superior protocols have been created since, providing much more security than PPTP. We recommend using it only when security is not the primary intent or where legacy support is needed.