How to Create a VPN Connection in Windows 8 - dummies

How to Create a VPN Connection in Windows 8

By Mark L. Chambers

A VPN (virtual private network) connection provides you with extra security when you’re on the road, allowing you to easily access your desktop PC’s data. Follow these steps to create and use a VPN connection:

  1. Display the Charms bar, click Search, and then click Settings.

  2. Type VPN into the Search box.

  3. Click the Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection button in the Search results pane.


    The Create a VPN Connection wizard appears.

  4. Enter the following information:

    • The VPN server address, provided by your network administrator or displayed by your home network’s host PC (such as, into the Internet Address text box

      This address can also be in the form of a host name in good ol’ English (like

    • A descriptive name to help you keep track of the connection (such as MLC Books VPN Client), in the Destination Name text box


  5. (Optional) If you want to allow other user accounts on your PC to use this connection, select the Allow Other People to Use This Connection check box.

    As Windows 8 indicates with the “shield” security icon, allowing anyone with access to your PC to use a VPN connection might not be a good idea. Unless more than one user account on your computer has to have this VPN connection, leave this check box deselected and prudently keep your VPN connection to yourself!

  6. Click Create.


    Windows 8 creates the connection and displays it under the Networks heading in the Charms bar.