HowTo: Windows Vista & Win7 OpenVPN Setup Tutorial

Last updated on August 8th, 2017 in Setup

1. Download OpenVPN from  OpenVPN download page (openvpn-2.2.2-install.exe) and install.

Note that this tutorial was made for OpenVPN 2.1.4 version but it should be the same as for old/new one.





Press then install. If the following window is shown select Install this driver software anyway.


2. Download OpenVPN config files select OpenVPN config files according to your package.

3. Unzip OpenVPN configuration and copy to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config folder.

After you’ll extract configuration files you’ll find hideipvpn-password.txt file, edit with notepad and replace username and password words with your VPN username and password.

4. Set OpenVPN Gui to run as Administrator

Go to the desktop OpenVPN icon and right-click on it.


You’ll see a dialog with a check box for Run as administrator.


From now on, OpenVPN Gui will always run as administrator if you use the shortcut to launch it. (You’ll be prompted by UAC if you have it enabled).

Now, in the toolbar, you should see a symbol for OpenVPN (two red screens). Right click on the symbol with the mouse, choose server you want to connect and click Connect.


If you run OpenVPN with no password save then you’ll be asked to enter your VPN username and password.

A successful VPN connection will be shown above the OpenVPN symbol. During a connection, the two little screens will be green.

Vista Problems

Different versions of Vista sometimes behave differently and, with the installation of updates, sometimes change. In some cases, OpenVPN works fine for a while and then stops working due to a change in Vista. In cases where right clicking does not solve the issue, you can set the UAC to allow software to run as administrator by default.

  • Open the “Control Panel”.
  • Under “User Account and Family” settings click “Add or remove user account”.
  • Click on your user account.
  • Click on “Go to the main User Account page”.
  • Under “Make changes to your user account” click on “Change security settings”.
  • Under “Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure” click to unselect the “Use    User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”. Click on the Ok button.
  • You will be prompted to reboot your computer. Do so when ready.


To disconnect, just right click on the OpenVPN server you where connected and select Disconnect.

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