When I was trying to install OpenVPN, it always tells me "The installation cannot continue as OpenVPN is currently running. Please close all OpenVPN instances and re-run the installer." I also tried to do the same thing on my friends computer, got the same result. I checked the Task Manage, I can see any OpenVPN process in running.

I googled this issue, it looks no one have this problem besides me.

Wish someone could help me with it.

  • If you run services.msc is the OpenVPN service running? – heavyd Feb 11 '16 at 4:15
  • I checked it out, and I am sure there is not an OpenVPN service running. This is my first time downloading OpenVPN to this PC. – Shufan Kang Feb 11 '16 at 18:33

Make sure you don't have another process running with name "opnevpn.exe"....e.g. your own custom installation script/program.

It seems OpenVPN's installation package will check for a process by that name and give an error if it find one.

  • For me it was the ExpressVPN service causing the issue. It runs OpenVPN under the hood. – lolmaus - Andrey Mikhaylov Oct 1 '18 at 9:56

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