Setting up our PPTP VPN service on Windows XP should take 5 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.

In order to connect to our VPN servers, you will need to know your username and password that you registered with. These instructions have been verified against Windows XP Professional SP2, your requirements may vary slightly depending on the version of Windows you are using.

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Make sure your system is connected to the internet


Make sure your system is connected to the internet and that you are able to browse the web. To check your location, please go to our IP Info page, or alternatively go to our homepage and scroll down to this section:

check your current IP Address

This shows the IP Address and country that you are currently connecting from, in this example, the user is connecting from Singapore.

Open network connections


Click on Windows Start button and then Control Panel.

Open the Network Connections window by clicking on the Network Connections in the Control Panel and click on Create New Connection.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP network connection

Click Next


When the new connection wizard appears, press Next to continue.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP setup new connection

Connect to a Network


Select Connection to the network at my workplace to configure your VPN connection.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP setup a VPN connection

Select Virtual Private Network


Select Virtual Private Network connection and click Next.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN connection

Enter a Connection Name


When you are prompted for a Company Name, enter MPN GBR for our UK service or something similar if you are connecting to one of our other countries and click Next.

This is simply the name that Windows will give to the new connection.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN server name

Enter the server name for the VPN connection


Enter the server name for the VPN connection, this will be for the GBR service, if you wish to connect to a different country, please refer to our complete list of servers.

Click Next.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN server address

Click Finish


The VPN setup is now complete. Click Finish to close the wizard.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN setup complete

We hope you’ll make good use of our service, so it might be an idea to check the box to Add a shortcut. This will create a shortcut on your desktop to connect to us.

Windows will connect to My Private Network


Enter your username and password and click Connect. You can click the Save this user name and password if you so wish.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP connect to VPN

Network Icon Displayed


After clicking Connect, your system will connect to our VPN server. Once connected, you should see the small network icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. Placing your mouse cursor over the network icon will display the connection status.

Microsoft Windows XP PPTP VPN connected

Go to My Private Network Home page


If you now browse our homepage or check your IP address again from the IP Info page, your location should show that you are now in the UK (or which ever country you have connected to).

Note: The server IP address and country name will vary depending on the server or country you are connected to.

You are connected


That’s it! You have now connected to our service and all your internet traffic will now be transmitted securely via our servers in the UK (or which ever country you have connected to).

If you have any problems or can’t get connected, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible and try to help.