Windows XP

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

 

 

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 application for Windows is the quickest and easiest way to set up the NordVPN service on your computer. This guide describes how you can 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. Furthermore, it explains various settings, such as Kill Switch, Connect on Start and more.

The NordVPN application for Windows uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. To ensure the protection of your data, it is combined with the extra-strong AES-256-CBC cipher and a 2048-bit DH key.

The application has all the necessary configurations set by default, so you can install and run it right away. That said, it gives plenty of freedom to adjust the settings for your own requirements.

 

Manual Configuration

If you would rather set up the VPN service yourself, you can configure the chosen security protocol manually by following these tutorials. However, please note that only the OpenVPN protocol is 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. These guidelines will explain the required steps.

 

L2TP/IPsec

This tutorial explains how to set up 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. 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. It is compatible with multiple Windows versions and quite easy to set up but far less secure than other protocols. We recommend using it only when security is not very important or where legacy support is needed.