Windows VPN Compatibility
Most of the VPN providers offer support for Windows operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10. All releases of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95 OSR2 are bundled with a PPTP client and also support L2TP connections. The OpenVPN clients also work for Windows without problems.
Windows VPN usage alternatives
Most of the VPN providers offer the following alternatives when it comes to setup their services on Windows operating systems.
- Manual setup - Windows allows manual connections for PPTP, L2TP, IPSec and SSTP. All you need from the Windows VPN provider is a username, password and a server IP or name.
- OpenVPN client - The OpenVPN client is a very popular VPN client app that you may use on your Windows machine to connect to the VPN servers. OpenVPN protocol si strong and secure. In case you decide to use the OpenVPN client you need OpenVPN configs from your VPN provider.
- Dedicated VPN client - Most of the VPN providers listed on this site offer dedicated client apps for Windows, applications that are not very easy to use, but also are able to connect with different protocols and offer advanced protection features like KillSwitch, DNS/IP leak protection, etc.
- Softether VPN client - Some of the VPN services offer access Softether VPN protocol, an alternative to OpenVPN client. Go to the main page and search for Softether in order to find the Softether providers.
In order to find Windows VPN providers simply search through the VPN providers list.