OpenVPN® Configuration Guide for All Major Platforms

OpenVPN® is one of the most popular protocols to establish a VPN connection thanks to its connection speed, performance, and security qualities. 

More information about OpenVPN® features you can find in the article What is OpenVPN® protocol?

This guide will walk you through the OpenVPN® setup on the Windows PC or laptop. Keep reading and figure out: how to connect to the OpenVPN® Windows network using VPN Unlimited configurations? How to set up an OpenVPN® client on Windows 10? How to use OpenVPN® on a Windows device? So let's start!

There are two methods to configure a secure OpenVPN® connection. Choose one of them and get unrestricted access to the web:

  1. Method 1. How to configure OpenVPN® connection manually?
    1. Generate OpenVPN® configuration files
    2. Use .ovpn files to configure OpenVPN® on Windows
  2. Method 2. How to configure OpenVPN® using VPN Unlimited?

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Method 1. How to Configure OpenVPN® Connection Manually

I. Generate OpenVPN® configuration files

First of all, you need to create the OpenVPN® configuration files. In this regard, please follow a few simple steps:

  1. Get VPN Unlimited subscription.
  2. Log in to the User Office using your KeepSolid ID.
  3. Select the VPN Unlimited service and press Manage.
  4. In the Manual Configurations section, select an existing device or create a new one. If you are out of free slots, delete a device that is no longer in use or purchase some extra slots.
  5. Choose the desired server location and select the OpenVPN® protocol.
  6. Press Generate to create a configuration. The .ovpn configuration file will be automatically downloaded on your Windows device.

If you need more detailed instructions, you can find them in this tutorial.

II. Use .ovpn files to configure OpenVPN® on Windows

Important! Please note that you will need to configure your device using the generated settings by yourself at your own risk.

  1. Download the OpenVPN app from the official website.
  2. Install this app following the standard installation steps.

Important! On the following screen, you should leave the default checkmarks, without making any changes.

After the successful installation, you will find the app icon in the system tray.

  1. This step may be different, depending on the OpenVPN® app version you have installed.

For version 2.4.2 and later:

a. In the system tray, right-click the OpenVPN® app icon and select Import file…

b. Choose the configuration files corresponding to the desired servers.

Note: You can import as many files as you wish to be able to switch between VPN servers.

For version 2.3.16:

Simply copy and paste the appropriate configuration files to the config folder of the OpenVPN app.

  1. When you are done, right-click the app icon again, select the desired server, and click Connect.

That’s it! Now you are connected to the VPN server via the OpenVPN® protocol.

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Method 2. How to Configure OpenVPN® Using VPN Unlimited


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  1. Launch VPN Unlimited on your Windows PC or laptop.
  2. Navigate to Menu by pressing the icon 1 button in the top left corner of the Main screen.
  1. Go to the Settings tab and select the Protocols option. 

Note: If your VPN connection is active it will be automatically re-connected using the chosen VPN protocol.

  1. Select the OpenVPN® protocol and move back to the Main screen.
  1. Choose the appropriate VPN server location and start browsing the web like a pro!

Great! Now you can easily set up a secure OpenVPN® connection on your Windows PC in less than a minute.

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