Supported platforms:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Older version of Windows are not supported.

Please read the entire page before you start installing.

Please note that your personal firewall may prevent OpenVPN from functioning. You should make sure that UDP port 1194 is not blocked.

Questions about these type of issues should be sent to us here.

If you are having problems running OpenVPN with the Windows XP firewall enabled. Microsoft has released a hotfix which may address this issue:

Windows 8 users must enable a Windows Feature for OpenVPN to work properly. Click here for a guide with screenshots.

  • Go to settings
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select Programs
  • At Programs and Features Select Turn Windows features on or off
  • Select Ras Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)
  • Click OK

Installation Movie for Windows XP

Installation Movie for Windows 7

1. Installing the OpenVPN client

First, you need to download the OpenVPN GUI client from . The latest stable release you want is openvpn-install-2.3.1-I005-i686.exe

If you have a previous version of OpenVPN GUI installed, shut it down. Make sure it’s closed by ALL logged on users.

Installation of the client is quite straightforward, just confirming the default options is enough. Using the defaults also makes troubleshooting easier should any problems occur.

After downloading the above-mentioned file, double-clicking on it will start the installation process.

Clicking on Next will take you past the initial setup window.

The next window shows the software’s Licence Agreement, which you must agree to in order to use the software.

If you do not agree, click on Cancel and the installation will terminate.

In the following window you can choose which parts of the software to install.

Leave this to default and click Next.

The installation directory is best left as it is.

Clicking on Install will start the actual installation process.

The window pictured here in the rear shows the installation progress.

Eventually the window in front will pop up to inform you that the software’s virtual network driver has not been certified for use by Microsoft, and that its installation will need to be explicitly approved.

The VPN connection will not work without this driver. Besides approving the driver, you also have the choice of ending the installation.

Soon after, the installation will finish.

Clicking on Next will take you to the final window of the installation program.

Installation is now successfully completed.

Lastly, click on Finish to finalize the installation.


Now you have to copy the content ( Windows XP/Vista have zip support built in so you can double-click on the zip to open the zip file and copy the files or use your favourite file compression tool such as Winzip) of the (md5) file into your “C:\Program File\openVPN\config\” folder (or where you installed openvpn).


After successful installation, you should be able to find OpenVPN in your Start menu under Programs > OpenVPN, and an OpenVPN icon should be visible in the notification area of the taskbar in the lower right corner of your screen.

When the VPN gateway is active, the icon in the notification area will appear green, otherwise it will appear red.

2. Establishing a connection

Start OpenVPN either through the Start menu or by clicking on the desktop icon.

If you are using Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 you MUST right click on the icon and select “Run as administrator”

Click on the little arrow icon next to the clock.

Then right click on OpenVPN icon.

Select the VPN that you want to connect to

After doing this, you are asked for your login information.

Both your account name and password are encrypted before being transmitted.

After authenticating, it will take a moment for the VPN connection to be established. In the Connection window you will see a log file scrolling by of all events pertinent to this.

Eventually the Connection window will disappear from sight, the OpenVPN icon in the taskbar will turn green, and a balloon will appear next to it, confirming that the connection is now active.

Inside the balloon you will also see the IP address assigned to your VPN gateway.


Your VPN connection is now ready to be used.

The log kept by OpenVPN can be examined by right-clicking the OpenVPN icon in the taskbar and selecting View log.

The log may seem rather cryptic, but in case of a problem it is an indispensable troubleshooting aid.


Follow this how-to to save the username & password for OpenVPN.