Most VPN (Virtual Private Network) services offer their own clients for Windows 10 and other operating systems. They make it relatively easy to connect to different servers and manually configure the VPN protocols. However, you get access to none of this when running Windows 10 in S mode since it only allows users to install UWP apps from the Microsoft Store.
Thankfully, both Windows 10 and Windows 10 S comes with a built-in VPN client, but it takes a considerable amount of manual configuration. Whether it’s for work or personal use, you can set up a VPN in Windows 10 by following this guide and anonymize your browsing activities in public places.
Adding a VPN profile in Windows 10
The first thing you need to do is add your VPN profile to the Windows 10 VPN client. Provided that you have already subscribed to a VPN service, you should be able to access a complete list of VPN servers. The number of servers and their locations varies depending on your VPN provider and subscription, but you can view all of them from the provider’s account info webpage or the desktop client. All you need from there is the address of the VPN server you would like to connect to.
Your VPN provider should also offer you sign-in credentials. It’s a username and password for most commercial VPN services. A few of them also provide certificates for manual login. Additionally, your provider will tell you which VPN protocol is used for the servers. They generally use four common protocols: PPTP, SSTP, L2TP/IPSec, and OpenVPN.
Once you have everything you need to add a VPN profile in Windows 10, simply refer to the instructions below.
- First, right-click the Start button and select Settings in the context menu that appears.
- Next, select Network & Internet on the Settings screen, then click VPN in the sidebar on the left side of the screen.
- Click the + Add a VPN connection option. A new configuration window should appear on the screen.
- In the new window, click the box under VPN provider and choose the Windows (built-in) option.
- After that, select the Connection name field and enter the name you wish to give the VPN profile. For example, you can use the provider name and server location.
- Type in the server address into the Server name or address field. As we mentioned previously, your VPN provider should give you the addresses of the servers.
- Click the VPN type drop-down box and choose the proper protocol that the chosen VPN server uses.
- Now open the drop-down menu under Type of sign-in info and choose a sign-in method.
- If you choose User name and password, you can enter the credentials in their respective fields to set up auto sign-in. Otherwise, you will have to input them every time you try to connect to the VPN server.
- Finally, click the Save button below the configuration window to save the VPN profile.
Assuming you have configured your VPN profile the same way as the following instructions above, you should be able to connect to VPN using Windows 10’s built-in VPN client.
Connecting to VPN in Windows 10
To establish a connection to the VPN server in Windows 10, all you have left to do is select the newly created profile in the VPN Settings menu and click Connect. Based on your chosen sign-in method, you might get a prompt to enter your username and password.
Disconnecting from the VPN is as easy as clicking the Disconnect button in the same VPN Settings menu. You can also delete the VPN profile by clicking Remove in the options.
Note that you can quickly access the VPN menu from the Action Center on the far-right corner of the taskbar.
This is how you manually set up and connect to VPN in Windows 10. Obviously, it doesn’t provide all the additional security and privacy features that you usually would get from your VPN provider’s official client.
However, many of you probably don’t find them useful anyway. You also save your device’s resources by not letting yet another process running in the background all the time. Furthermore, the built-in VPN solution works flawlessly on PCs and laptops running Windows 10 S, which doesn’t allow users to run x86 apps by default.