Automatic Configuration

NordVPN’s application for Windows is the fastest and most straightforward way to set up the NordVPN service on your computer. This tutorial explains how you can download, install and sign in to the application. It also describes different methods to choose the best servers for your needs and connect to them. Furthermore, it explains various application settings, such as Kill Switch, Connect on Start and more.

The NordVPN application for Windows uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. This versatile protocol supports multiple encryption algorithms and ciphers. To assure the protection of your data, the NordVPN app uses the robust AES-256-CBC cipher with a 2048-bit DH key.

All the required configurations are set up by default in the NordVPN application, so you can install and run it right away. That said, the application grants plenty of freedom to adjust the settings for your own requirements.

Manual Configuration

If you prefer to manage the VPN setup process yourself, you can configure the chosen security protocol manually by following these tutorials. Although there are four supported protocols, please note that some of those are not recommended for general use.


If you want to configure the OpenVPN protocol manually instead of relying on the NordVPN application, you can use the OpenVPN GUI open-source software. This tutorial will walk you through the required steps.