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You too can manually configure a VPN connection on Windows 10

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VPN services these days are all about ease of accessibility — download your VPN client of choice and click a button to keep yourself anonymous. But what if you don't have a VPN app/client because you're working on the secure Windows 10 in S Mode?

That's where setting up and configuring your own VPN connection comes in handy, and it's a lot simpler than you think.

Windows 10 in S Mode is all about security, only allowing apps from the Microsoft Store to be installed and only uses Microsoft Edge for safe browsing. This makes it tricky to install a VPN service's app. 

What will you need to configure a VPN on Windows 10

So, what will you need to configure a VPN connection on Windows 10? Well, Windows 10 of course, but also a subscription to a VPN service — find the best ones to use right here.  

Signed up? You'll need an address of the server locations your VPN service provides to manually add and connect a VPN, which means you get to pick the spot that's best suited for you. You can get this information via the VPN service's web page.

Now, onto becoming a VPN configuration expert 

How to add and connect to a VPN on Windows 10

Step 1: Settings
First, you'll need to access settings. Just right-click the start button, and click 'Settings'.

Once there, click 'Network & Internet' and then click 'VPN'. From there, you'll find 'Add a VPN connection'

Step 2: Add a VPN
Click 'Add a VPN connection', which will open a pop-up menu. From here, click the 'VPN provider' drop-down menu and click 'Windows (built-in).'

Click the 'Connection name' field This is where you can type a name for your VPN. You can make it easy on yourself by calling it the same as your VPN Service, or something familiar to you.

Then, click the 'Server name and address' field. This is where the VPN server's address will come in handy. Drop the address in here.

Click the 'VPN type' drop-down menu to select a connection protocol. These are different methods a VPN connects (find out more here).

Once done, click the 'Type of sign-in info'. Depending on the sign-in method of your VPN service, this may change. However, if you signed up using a Username and Password, that will most likely be the option for you.

Click 'Save.' 

Step 3: Connection
You've added the VPN! The VPN you set up should now be listed under "Add a VPN connection.' Click on it.

Then click 'Connect.' If you added a Username and Password, you'll have to enter those in order to successfully connect.

Presto. You've now set up a VPN manually. 

How to remove a VPN on Windows 10

Looking to get rid of a VPN you added? It's a simple job. Head back to 'VPN' in 'Settings', and click on the VPN you want to get rid of.

Click of 'Disconnect' if it's connected. Then, click on 'Remove', and 'Remove' again to confirm. Simple as that.

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