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The title says it all. Is it possible to connect to OpenVPN from Windows 7, without using a 3rd party VPN client? Can I use the native Windows VPN functionality alone?

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The openvpn protocol is a custom protocol, not a standard like ISAKMP/IPSec, so no you need an openvpn capable client to connect and Windows does not have one built in.

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Thanks for answering my question; was driving me nuts trying to connect w/ a windows client until i found this out... – jersten Feb 23 '12 at 23:15
This answer is a few years old. I was wondering if it's possible to install OpenVPN but still use the native Windows VPN "client". In Windows 10, there is a dropdown for "VPN Provider" but the only option is "Windows (built-in)". I was curious if I can use this without installing the plethora of different OpenVPN options, like the GUI. – Zac Oct 11 '15 at 23:05

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