Setting up our PPTP VPN service on Windows 7 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 and the example screenshots are for connecting to our UK service and have been verified against Windows 7, Step 13 contains details of how to connect to our servers in other countries, i.e. the US.

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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.

Setup a New Connection


Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet.

Next, click on Network and Sharing Center and click on Set up a new connection or network.

Windows 7 setup new network connection

Connect to a workplace


When prompted to choose a connection option, choose Connect to a workplace  and click Next.

Windows 7 connect to workplace

Use my Internet connection


Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN).

Windows 7 select VPN through Internet connection

Enter VPN details


You now need to enter the VPN details.

Note:If you wish to use our Free service, the servername that you need to use is and your connection will be rotated between different countries we have in our Free VPN cluster.

To connect to any of our other servers, (ie. our USA servers) simply change the Connection name and server name. For a list of server names, please refer to our complete list of servers.

In this example, we will enter the servername to connect to our GBR servers.

For the destination name, you can enter anything you like, however, we suggest you keep it simple and choose MPN GBR for the GBR service or something similar for whichever country you are connecting to.

Windows 7 enter VPN name and address
Once you’ve entered those details, check over them once more just to ensure they are correct and click Next.

Enter your Username


You now have to enter your username, this is the username that you registered with us when you signed up. Enter your My Private Network username in the User name box, there is no need to enter a password yet so leave this blank.

You must leave the Domain (optional) box blank and click on Create.

Windows 7 enter MPN VPN credentials



Windows will then try and connect to the VPN, but we haven’t finished setting it up yet, so click on Skip.

Windows 7 verifying VPN connection setup

Connection ready for use


It’ll now say The connection is ready for use, click on Close and you’ll be returned to the Network and Sharing Center again, click on Change adapter settings.

Windows 7 network panel change adapter settings

Change properties


Right click on MPN GBR (or something similar depending which one you are creating) and select Properties.

Windows 7 select VPN adapter properties


The properties window will be displayed:

Windows 7 VPN properties


Click on the Security tab and change the Type of VPN from Automatic to Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and click OK.

Windows 7 set VPN type to PPTP


You will now be returned to the Network Connection window. If you want to create a Desktop shortcut for the VPN, you can simply drag the MPN GBR icon from this Window onto your Desktop.

Windows 7 set VPN shortcut on Desktop

Connect to our servers


Click on the MPN GBR icon or shortcut and it will launch the VPN.

Enter your My Private Network password in the Password box.

Leave Domain: blank

Select the option to Save this user name and password and click Connect.
Windows 7 connect to VPN

Once you’ve done that, your computer will be connected to our servers in the country of your choice.

Check your IP Address


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).

You are connected


That’s it! You are now connected. All your internet traffic is now being transmitted securely via our servers.

Other locations


If you want to connect to any of our other servers, i.e. our USA servers, simply change the server name, please refer to our complete list of servers.

Note: If you have our global package, you may want to set up additional connections to other countries, you can create as many connections as you wish, just make sure that you give them a different name, i.e. MPN GBR, MPN USA, MPN LUX etc.

Any problems?


Unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan!

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.