How to setup a VPN on Windows 7 using OpenVPN software?

So, you’re setting up VPN on Windows 7 using OpenVPN software

In order to make yourself a reliable VPN connection for your Windows 7 PC you can use these instructions. Simply download and install OpenVPN software then download OpenVPN configuration files from your VPN provider and copy them into OpenVPN\config folder and you are good to go. Only one thing left, get your VPN account authentication data ready because you’ll need to enter it when OpenVPN is launched for the first time. That’s all, once your setup your OpenVPN VPN connection for Windows 7 you can easily connect to it in just one click. To make it really simple for you we made this easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions with screenshots on how to create VPN connection on Windows 7 using OpenVPN so you need to make each point one after another and look for the screenshot in case you have any doubts. OpenVPN software is a free software which can be used to setup OpenVPN connections on all platforms including the old ones like Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Windows 7 OpenVPN Setup Instructions

Step 1:

To download the OpenVPN Windows 7 installer, visit the OpenVPN downloads page

Step 2:

Click Run to run the installer

  • You may encounter a security prompt: “Do you want to run or save this file?” Click Run to run the software.
  • You may encounter a User Account Control prompt: “A program needs your permission to continue“. Click Continue.

Step 3:

The Setup Wizard prompt will appear. Click Next to continue

Step 4:

The OpenVPN license agreement and terms appear. Click I Agree to continue.

Step 5:

The component selection dialog appears. Leave all components checked with their default settings and click Next

Step 6:

Select your destination folder and click Install

Note the Destination Folder location during install (usually C:\Program Files\OpenVPN)

Step 7:

When the installation is complete, click on Next

Step 8:

The wizard will notify you of the completion of the installation and prompt you to click Finish

Step 9:

Download SFX Installer with Configuration files from LimeVPN and open it. Click Run

Step 10:

Click Run

Step 11:

Download and Extract configuration (ZIP):

ZIP: Extract the files from the configuration ZIP into the config folder in the OpenVPN destination folder referenced in step 7. By default, it will be C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.

  • Click Extract all files
  • “Select a Destination and Extract Files” prompt will appear. Click Browse.
  • Locate the Destination Folder referred to in step 7, and find the config folder within it. Click Extract to begin extraction.

Click Run

Step 12:

Click Start, then All Programs

Step 13:

Find OpenVPN GUI, right click on it and select Properties

Step 14:

Click to Compatibility tab, and check “Run this program as an administrator“. Click OK

Step 15:

Again click Start , find OpenVPN GUI and open it

Step 16:

How to Connect to VPN using OpenVPN on Windows 7

  1. In the taskbar tray, right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon, find the site to connect to from the menu, and choose Connect from the site’s submenu
  2. Enter your LimeVPN Login email and Password when prompted and click OK
  3. The OpenVPN GUI icon in the tray will turn green once the secure connection is established

Step 17:

How to Disconnect from OpenVPN

  1. In the taskbar tray, right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon, find the site to connect to from the menu, and choose Disconnect from the site’s submenu
  2. The OpenVPN GUI icon in the tray will turn red once the disconnection is complete