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Setting up OpenVPN on Vista and Later (incl. Win10)
  • Download the openvpn install for your version of Windows (Uninstall any old versions before installing new. Install new in same place as old.)

    OpenVPN for 32 bit Windows

    OpenVPN for 64 bit Windows

  • Follow the OpenVPN Installer steps, you can typically just keep all the defaults. During the driver install it may pop up a Windows Security window saying that: "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software" because it does not recognize the tap driver for OpenVPN. Install this driver software anyway

  • After installation, download our config installer

    IMPORTANT:  You must right click on install-config.exe after downloading and select Run as Administrator or it will not have permissions to install into the OpenVPN directory.

    You may need to select Open Containing Folder first if selecting it from browser download window in order to get to the file to right click it directly.

    Once launched as Administrator, you can typically just copy and paste C:\Program Files\OpenVPN into the browse window for the config installer (unless you deliberately installed OpenVPN elsewhere, then put directory in where you installed OpenVPN).

  • Start OpenVPN by double-clicking the OpenVPN GUI Icon. This will place an OpenVPN icon in your task tray, right click it (you may need to click the little up arrow in the lower right task tray to see it), select the server you wish to connect to and then Connect.

  • Once connected all traffic should be passing through the VPN
    Check here to verify it is. The IP shown should not be the one for your ISP.

  • Problems to helpdesk at cotse.net.

  • Please see the configuration files for tweaks and fixes for common issues.

Setting up OpenVPN on Windows XP
  • Download the latest openvpn for your version of Windows (Uninstall any old versions before installing new. Install new in same place as old.)

    OpenVPN for 32 bit WindowsXP

    OpenVPN for 64 bit WindowsXP

  • Follow the OpenVPN Installer steps, you can typically just keep all the defaults. During the driver install it may pop up a Windows Security window saying that: "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software" because it does not recognize the tap driver for OpenVPN. Install this driver software anyway
  • After installation, download and run our config installer.
  • Start OpenVPN by double-clicking the OpenVPN GUI Icon. This will place an OpenVPN icon in your task tray, right click it, select the server you wish to connect to and then Connect.
  • Once connected all traffic should be passing through the VPN
  • Check here to verify it is. The IP shown should not be the one for your ISP.
  • Problems to helpdesk at cotse.net.
  • Please see the configuration files for tweaks and fixes for common issues.

Common Issues

Below are the most common reasons helpdesk has seen for OpenVPN not working correctly on Windows, either not being able to connect or looking connected but not passing traffic (in order of most common to least):

  • OpenVPN GUI is not running as administrator. Close it if it is running then right click on it's desktop icon and select Properties - Advanced - and check Run as Administrator. Close the existing task tray icon and restart it.
  • Proxy settings has wrong setting. Right click the OpenVPN GUI task tray icon and select Proxy Settings. Make sure Use OpenVPN Config-file settings is selected.
  • The tun/tap device did not properly install. Right click OpenVPN GUI task tray icon and select View Log. There will be instructions on reinstalling tap/tun driver.
  • For all other issues please send a copy of your log file to helpdesk.

If you cannot connect to some sites (like facebook or youtube):

This is most often the result of either a "poisoned" DNS cache (by poisoned we mean cached blocked values from before VPN launch) or DNS leaks if you are running Windows 2000 or Windows XP (see clearing your DNS cache and DNS Leaks)


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