Welcome to the VikingVPN Verbose Windows PC connection guide.
There are two things you need in order to get connected to VikingVPN:
To get the latest version of OpenVPN, visit, http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html
You’ll see multiple download links, and you’ll have to get the one that is for your computer. Older computers tend to use 32-bit versions of Windows, and newer PCs tend to use 64-bit versions. The downloads page looks like this:
Here is how you check which version of Windows you have if you have windows XP, Vista, or 7:
Here is how you check which version of windows you have if you are running Windows 8:
After you figure out which version of Windows you have, download the appropriate version of OpenVPN from the link above.
We highly suggest the I001 version over the I601 version of the software. This is because the current NDIS6 TAP driver has serious speed and stability issues with DNS forwarding.
Run the installation file you downloaded. It should look something like this:
You are going to hit next six times. This will install OpenVPN on your PC with the default settings.
As of this writing, OpenVPN does not install anything extra by default like many other apps do. If this changes in the future, this guide will be updated to have you only install what you need.
After you complete your OpenVPN installation, you need the VikingVPN configuration file.
Click HERE and log into your VikingVPN account. There you should have a download link to get the configuration file. Do not share your configuration file with anyone, it contains the data that keeps your data secure from prying eyes.
Once you get your configuration file, you'll need to unzip it. Windows has an unzip tool to do this built-in, you just double click on the file. Then you need to put the configuration files in a folder that OpenVPN looks in to get the settings it will use to connect to VikingVPN.
The file needs to be CUT (either right click and select cut, or select the file and hit Ctrl+X at the same time) and you paste it inside the folder located at C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config
To navigate to where you need to be, you need to hit the Start button in the lower left corner, select Computer, double click on “Local Disk (C:)”, double click on “Program Files” not Program Files (x86) , double click on “OpenVPN”, and then double click on “config”.
Once you have navigated there, you can paste the file. You do it by either right clicking in a blank space in the folder and selecting “Paste” from the drop down menu or by hitting Ctrl+V at the same time.
Now we have OpenVPN all set up to connect to VikingVPN services. There is one last step you must do before you connect. You must set up OpenVPN to run as an administrator every time you run it. This stops you from having to right click the OpenVPN app and having to select “Run as Administrator” every time you use the service.
You should now have this icon on your desktop.
You will need to right click on this icon and select properties.
You’ll see a window pop up that looks like this. You’re looking for the compatibility tab.
When you click on the compatibility tab, you’ll see this. You want to check the box next to “Run this program as an administrator”. Then click on OK.
You have now completed all of the steps to set up your connection!
To use OpenVPN:
Double click on the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop.
It will look like nothing happens, but it runs the OpenVPN GUI app in your system tray in the lower right corner of the screen. If you look there (by clicking the small white arrow) you’ll see a small OpenVPN GUI icon that looks like this:
The gray screen on the computer on the icon indicates that service is off. To turn the service on, right click on the icon. A menu will pop up with the various clusters of servers to connect to. You want to connect to the city that is physically the closest to you for the best performance. Once you click on the city, a window will pop up with a bunch of settings information as it connects then it will disappear and you should see a “connection successful” message that looks like this.
Notice that the icon is now green, not gray, that means you are connected to the service and your connection is now secure and anonymous. All applications that use your regular internet connection will now work properly through our services without any more set up or configuration.
If you ever want to stop the service, you can right click on the icon in the lower right corner of the screen and select “disconnect”. It will disconnect from VikingVPN and turn gray, indicating that your connection is no longer secure or anonymous.
ENJOY YOUR FREE AND OPEN INTERNET!
If you have any problems following this guide or the steps do not work for you, feel free to email us at customercare @ vikingvpn dot com (email chopped up to prevent spam). We will gladly assist you in getting set up.