12 Windows VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Windows VPNs are the most popular, and almost all VPN clients support modern Windows versions (10, 8, 7). For older versions of Windows (Vista, XP) we have included VPN compatibility in the comparison below. Services are ranked by compatibility with all Windows versions and their value rating.

Win10, Win8 and Win7 users should have no problem finding a compatible VPN as they are widely supported below.

Windows XP and Vista users should note that their computer is insecure by default! Microsoft dropped support for WinXP a long time ago and it has gaping security holes and outdated encryption capabilities. If you are using a special corporate build of WinXP, still supported by Microsoft, be aware that VPN services may be incompatible as you are using bespoke libs and drivers.

Even if a VPN does not support your chosen operating system, with some extra set up its possible to install OpenVPN (open source client) and configure it to use any service supporting OpenVPN protocol.

#1 ExpressVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

100%
coverage rating

Value

84%
value rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 Private Internet Access

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Value

74%
value rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 VPN.ac

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

65%
coverage rating

Value

73%
value rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 StrongVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

86%
coverage rating

Value

67%
value rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 NordVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

76%
coverage rating

Value

65%
value rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 IPVanish

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 Hide My Ass!

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

62%
coverage rating

Value

62%
value rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 LiquidVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 LiquidVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 LiquidVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#11 OverPlay

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

45%
coverage rating

Value

52%
value rating

OverPlay started as a SmartDNS provider to unblock geo-restricted websites and video streaming, and now offers SmartDNS+VPN as a premium plan. The VPN seems good enough for basic protection over publi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 48 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#12 CrypticVPN

WinXP

WinXP

Vista

Vista

Win7

Win7

Win8

Win8

Win10

Win10

Compatibility

35%
coverage rating

Value

42%
value rating

CrypticVPN offer a general privacy/security service, and website unblocking as part of the package, with local server locations for fast browsing. They offer free port forwarding so you can accept inc…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Has own VPN client software
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • No moneyback guarantee

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