Setup VPN on Microsoft Windows

The following sections give you a guided installation process of Ace SSL VPN / OpenVPN on Microsoft Windows operating system.

If you are prompted that the driver has not passed Windows Logo testing, click on Continue anyway.

Summary

Downloading and Starting Installation

Download the latest version of the Ace OpenVPN to your local drive. Double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation. If the installation does not start, make sure you are logged in on your PC as administrator or privileged user.

Download Ace SSL VPN

VPN Security Warning

VPN Setup Wizard

VPN License Agreement

VPN Choose Components

By default Ace VPN program installs to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\.

VPN Install Location

VPN Installing

Hardware Installation

The OpenVPN installer will prompt to install TAP-Win32 Adapter V9, a device driver for network services used by OpenVPN. Hit “Continue Anyway” to continue the installation.

VPN TAP Installation

Finishing Installation

While AceVPN is installing, you can read its output in the installation window and follow the creation of folders, files, and shortcuts and the installation of drivers (TAP) for networking.

VPN Installation Complete

You have successfully installed Ace VPN client on your Windows system.

VPN Installation Complete

When Setup Wizard is completed, a OpenVPN folder and connection shortcut will appear in your Start Menu Programs folder.

Connect to Ace VPN by following these steps

  • Download the password file from Members Area and save it on your desktop.
  • Now copy this file to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\acevpn-pass.txt (or C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config\acevpn-pass.txt on 64 bit Windows). Click on Copy and Replace if the file exists.

    Copy Ace VPN configuration files
  • If you are running Windows 7 or Vista – Right click on OpenVPN GUI application, select Properties > Compatibility tab, check on Run this program as an administrator under Privilege Level.
    Run openvpn as administrator
  • Go to Start > All Programs > OpenVPN and click on OpenVPN GUI
  • Go to the system tray (bottom right where the clock is), right-click on the OpenVPN icon, and click on acevpn-premium-udp-faster or the connection profile of your choice.
    Connect to Ace VPN
  • If your firewall prompts you to allow the connection, click “Yes”
  • You should now be connected to AceVPN. Go to Ace VPN homepage to confirm you have the new IP address

To disconnect from Ace VPN

  • Right-click on the OpenVPN systray icon
  • Click on Disconnect (or acevpn > Disconnect)
  • You’re now disconnected from Ace VPN

Further Notes for Windows Vista and Windows 7

You need to run OpenVPN as Administrator: Right click on the OpenVPN GUI application (e.g. C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui-1.0.3.exe, select “Run as Administrator” to run the program. To permanently change the privilege for running the OpenVPN GUI application, right click on OpenVPN GUI application, select Properties > Compatibility tab, check on Run this program as an administrator under Privilege Level and restart OpenVPN.

If you have trouble copying the password file to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ please Disable UAC and try again.

Run openvpn as administrator

Auto start on boot

Please refer the forum for instructions Auto start on boot

Re-installation / Update Servers

The best way to reinstall or to update your servers is to uninstall your existing OpenVPN installation and install again.

Download Ace SSL VPN Configuration files

Openvpn Download: http://my.acevpn.com/acevpn/download/openvpn-2.2.2-install.exe

Click here to download the vpn configuration files

Download Ace SSL VPN Client Source Code

Click here to download the source code for the Ace SSL VPN Client for free.

Troubleshooting

Please check the Troubleshooting VPN page for most common errors and solutions.

Compatibility

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or higher, Windows Server 2003 or higher