With Windows 7, you can set up a virtual private network (VPN) over a secure Internet connection, enabling you to connect to your home network from a remote location. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between two computers or networks across the Internet. It makes communicating over the Internet as secure as if you were communicating from one room to another in your own home.

Follow these steps to set up a VPN on your Windows 7 home network so that other computers and devices can connect securely over the Internet:


Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.


Click Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center window appears.


In the left pane, click Change Adapter Settings.

The Network Connections window appears.


In the menu bar, click File, and then click New Incoming Connection.

The Allow Connections to This Computer wizard appears.


Select the user or users that you would like to set up for remote access. Click Next.

If the user you would like to set up for remote access doesn’t have an account on your computer, you can quickly create a new account by clicking the Add Someone button.


Under How Will People Connect?, select Through the Internet. Click Next.

If you have a dialup modem configured on your computer, you can also select Through a Dial-Up Modem.


Under Networking Software, you can select the services to be enabled over your remote connection and install additional software or services. Click Allow Access.

By default, Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, and QoS Packet Scheduler are selected.


Windows configures your remote connections. Once configured, Windows provides the computer name for the connection.

Although Windows says you will need to know this name in order to connect to your computer remotely, you can’t actually use this name. Instead, you’ll need the public IP address of the computer.

Under Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), you can change the properties to allow or prevent callers from accessing your network. You can also choose between allowing your network to assign an IP address to remote computers using DHCP (the default), statically assign an IP address, or allow the remote computer to specify its own IP address. File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks allows remote computers to access shared files and printers on your network, and QoS Packet Scheduler prioritizes certain network traffic to improve the quality of the connection.