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To set it up on Windows, download and run the appropriate OpenVPN installer for your version of Windows.

  • You may be asked if you want to allow the program to make changes to the computer: select "Yes".
  • You will be shown a "Welcome to the setup wizard" screen: click "Next".
  • You will be asked to review the licence agreement: Click "I agree."
  • You will be asked to choose components. Leave all the components ticked and click 'Next'.
  • You will asked to choose a location for OpenVPN. Accept the default and click 'Install'.
  • You may be asked to approve the installation of a TAP adapter. If so, click 'Install'.
  • You will see some messages which should end with the line 'Completed'. Click 'Next'.
  • You will be given the option to show the 'README' file. Click 'Finish'.

To configure OpenVPN to connect to the Maths  Faculty, you will need to download the configuration file for Windows. (Right-click the link and select 'Save Link as...' and save to the hard disk). Copy the file into the 'config' directory within OpenVPN: if you installed to the default location (c:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN), that directory will be c:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config\


To connect to the department, find the 'OpenVPN GUI' start icon and doubleclick it. An icon of a white computer screen will appear in the system tray.

The Windows OpenVPN icon

Right click that icon and select 'connect': you will be asked for your Maths Faculty credentials. A window will pop up showing logs as the connection is made. When the VPN is connected, the system tray icon will change to have a green line around the computer screen.