VPN Windows XP Instructions

How to connect a Windows XP computer to the VPN service

Quick Setup

If you have a English version of Windows XP then you can make use of our setup tools which will configure your computer for you. Please select the appropriate tool:

Student:student tool
Staff:staff tool
Guest:guest tool

Setting up your VPN Connection

You have the option to use our tool or manually set up your connections for use of the VPN network. If you have an English version of Windows XP you can use the setup tool. If not you will need to follow the instructions below.

Wireless Setup Tool

If you are using an English version of Windows XP, you can use our setup program to configure your computer automatically. This program may work for other versions of Windows XP, but it is the users responsibility if they wish to try it. If you do not have a English version of Windows XP, or would prefer to set yourself up manually, instructions are below.

Please be aware if you have any other connections besides the wireless connections the tool will remove them. Please follow the manual instructions if you have any other connections you wish to preserve.

Manual Instructions

If you wish to manually set up the VPN connections then please follow the instructions here.

Connect to the network for the first time

1. Double click the icon on the desktop called UWS-VPN.
2. On the 'Connect UWS-VPN' window, Type in the username and password as specified in the confirmation email that you received.
3. Click the box next to 'save this username and password for the following users'.
4. Click Connect, after which you will be connected to the Uniroam Service.

Configure your web browser proxy settings

If you use FireFox you will need to set up the web proxy setting. If you use Internet Explorer then skip this section.


1. Run Firefox.
2. From the Tools drop down menu select Options...
3. In the Options panel click the 'Advanced' icon.
4. Select the 'Network' tab.
5. Click the 'Settings...' button.
6. Tick the Manual Proxy Configuration button.
7. Under both HTTP Proxy and SSL Proxy type :- wwwcache.swan.ac.uk
and enter a port number of 3128 in the two corresponding port boxes.
8. Choose OK and then in the Options panel choose OK again to finish
9. Close and restart the browser.

Disconnect from the network

To disconnect from the network use the network connection icons (which looks like two computers) in the bottom-right of the screen. There is one icon for the wireless connection and one for the UWS-VPN connection.

1. Double-click on the UWS-VPN connection icon.
2. Choose Disconnect.
3. Repeat for the other icon if necessary.

Reconnect to the network

1. Double click the icon on the desktop called UWS-VPN.
2. Click Connect, this may take several seconds.
3. When prompted, click Connect again.

Install security updates

Any computer connected to the University network and the Internet is a target for unauthorised users who can try to access your system. Intruders could watch all your actions on the computer, cause damage by deleting files or changing your data, or steal valuable information such as passwords or credit adaptor numbers. Alternatively intruders may not be interested in your data and instead want control of your computer so they can use it to launch attacks to disrupt other systems. Some attacks known as worms spread automatically from one vulnerable system to another. Don't think 'an attacker would never be interested in me': an automated worm can infect and disrupt millions of computers.

There are three main ways in which an attack on your computer could be successful:

* New vulnerabilities (holes) are always being discovered in computer software. These holes can be exploited to gain access. Software vendors fix the holes by producing patches or new versions, but it is up to you to obtain and install these fixes.
* You could be enticed to run a trojan or virus. A trojan looks like something else to encourage you to click on it but its real purpose is to open up a back door on your computer. Viruses spread by infecting other legitimate computer programs. Trojans and viruses are often spread through email attachments, file-sharing and messaging, and may appear to come from someone you know who is also infected.
* Some software has settings (sometimes the default settings) that allow other users to access your computer unless you change the settings to be more secure. For example, file-sharing built-in to Windows can allow other users to view, modify or add files on your hard disk, which is an obvious risk unless turned off or configured carefully.

To ensure your computer is not vulnerable to attack you need to:

* Install software patches and new versions to fix known holes.
* Follow advice to change software settings to be more secure, or not run known insecure software at all.
* Don't run unknown files and unsolicited attachments to avoid trojans or viruses.
* Run up-to-date anti-virus software.
* Keep backup copies on disk, CD or a network server of important data.