Windows Vista

These VPN tutorials offer useful guidelines for getting started using a VPN service on a Windows Vista computer.

 

 

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

 

Setup guidelines for other platforms and devices (macOS, iOS, Android and other) are available here.

 

Automatic Configuration

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

The NordVPN application for Windows uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. This versatile protocol supports multiple encryption algorithms and ciphers. To assure the protection of your data, the NordVPN app uses the robust AES-256-CBC cipher with a 2048-bit DH key.

All the required configurations are set up by default in the NordVPN application, so you can install and run it right away. That said, the application grants plenty of freedom to adjust the settings for your own requirements.

 

Manual Configuration

If you prefer to manage the VPN setup process yourself, you can configure the chosen security protocol manually by following these tutorials. Although there are four supported protocols, please note that some of those are not recommended for general use.

 

OpenVPN

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. This tutorial will walk you through the required steps.

 

L2TP/IPsec

This tutorial explains how to set up L2TP/IPsec, a Layer-2 tunneling protocol encapsulated within IPsec. However, this security protocol can only be recommended when more recent protocols aren’t supported. For instance, it’s useful if your old hardware does not support OpenVPN. Another case when it can be used is when you are based in a country where this is the only protocol that can penetrate governmental/ISP firewalls.

 

PPTP

PPTP is one of the oldest encryption protocols, which is compatible with multiple Windows versions and quite easy to set up. However, it is far less secure than other protocols. Therefore, we advise using it only when security is not the primary issue or where legacy support is needed.

 

SSTP

The SSTP protocol was launched by Microsoft together with 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 using it may be risky.