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.

In Internet address, enter gbr.mypn.co for our GBR service, if you wish to connect to a different country, please refer to our complete list of 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


Connect

 

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.