Windows 10 Arrives
The highly awaited Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 hybrid, (officially known as Windows 10), is now available for developers in its beta stage while the official release is scheduled for the 29th of July 2015.With a complete overhaul of the older version, Microsoft is calling it the fastest Windows OS yet.
Although speed has never been as issue for Windows in the past, privacy and user anonymity definitely are. Edward Snowden’s exposed Microsoft’s fidelity to NSA and raised numerous questions about the operating system’s commitment to users’ privacy. This gave rise to the Windows VPN generation.
Windows is the most common operating system used from North America to Asia.The necessity of a security suite and the requirement to have stealth tools like Windows 10 VPN are pre-requisites of using the Windows 10 operating system.
Vulnerabilities In Windows OS
Since 1993/94, I have been a loyal user of Windows operating systems, never moving onto other labels. Take it from someone who has been there since the inception of the Microsoft brand, the Windows OS is prone to most cyber-threats and malware circulating on the internet, and yet it is the most user friendly and opensource OS in the world (with complete respect to Linux).
Over the years each and every one of my Windows OS (3.1, 3.5, 95, 98, XP, ME,Vista,7 and 8.1) was either infected by web malware, or fell victim to a file system infiltration. So, no matter what the geniuses from Microsoft tell you (since they are clearly so smarter than us) never remove your Windows VPN nor your security software suite.
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Windows 10 VPNs
Like its predecessors, Windows 10 will also come embedded with VPN configuration features. However, the new OS framework may not support your existing VPN client app and may require a dedicated Windows 10 VPN client.
Although updates for Windows 10 VPN clients will be available as the OS matures, Microsoft has kept the setup & configuration process as small as possible for users of all levels. To make it easy for you we have created an illustrated easy to understand Windows 10 VPN setup guide:
Access the Network & Sharing Center, then click Setup a new connection or network link
A new window will pop up asking you to choose the type of connection. Click option 3 that reads: Connect to a Workplace
The next step will bring you to a box that will require one of the following illustrated actions. Simply click the Use my Internet Connection option and move to step 4
In the box that follows, you will be required to confirm the VPN server address and the name of the provider. You can easily get these details from your Windows 10 VPN provider. When finished, click ‘Create’ and move on to step 5.
Let Windows complete the process of configuring and creating the connection.
If you access the Charms menu on the right, your new VPN connection will now show up in the Networks menu. In the illustration below you can see the connection named Office VPN Connection. Click the connection and proceed to step 7.
Once you click the connection it will require your credentials, your provider will have sent you these details through email when you subscribed to the Windows 10 VPN service. Proceed to complete the details and connect your VPN.
Additional Configuration Options
There are additional tweaks you can make to ensure your VPN connection is fast and flawless. To access these tweaks simply go to the Network Connections menu, you will see your existing connections here as shown in the image below.
Right click on the VPN connection and then choose Properties. It will take you to the box shown above. Click the security tab and click the Type of VPN drop down menu, then select PPTP as your protocol.
Next click the Networking tab right next to the Security tab. This will show you the following menu:
In this box, click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click properties on the bottom right. This will open a new options menu as follows:
In this new menu go to the ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ check the option if not ticked. Ask your Windows 10 VPN provider for the recommended DNS server settings. Once you have successfully entered all DNS settings click the ‘Advanced tab’ located right below the DNS settings.
Once you are in the advanced menu, check if the option “Use Default Gateway on Remote Network” is checked. Uncheck the box and click OK, your new Windows 10 VPN connection is now setup and configured. Click the connection and simply connect.
Windows 10 is set for release in the last week of July, however if you wish to test the operating system in its Beta stages you can download it from the Microsoft Windows website. You can test the various features and also test your Windows 10 VPN on the Insider Program. We are impatiently waiting for the update to come up and hoping that this will definitely be the next-gen OS Microsoft has been parading for over a year.
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