Change your IP address in Windows 7 VS Windows XP

Everyone is addicted to Windows XP for some reason. Though Windows 7 is the newest version, and has been out for quite some time now, people are used to the XP interface, and also perhaps they don’t have the money to upgrade to a new computer than has the memory to properly run Win 7.  If you want to change your IP address using a VPN service there are some key differences.

OpenVPN

This is a third party VPN software that’s free to use – so long as you have a VPN server to connect to.  The VPN server part is going to cost you, but OpenVPN is free, and most VPN services have it available as their strongest VPN (with SSL encryption, written as OpenVPN/SSL).  Because its third party software, you have to install the VPN client if you choose to use it.  This is pretty fast with most VPN services, but for some it can take a bit of skill, or at least the ability to follow instructions.  If you’re afraid of technology, ask your VPN service of choice whether setup will be difficult – with each service it’s a different process.  OpenVPN can be used on both Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.  It even works on Mac.

SSTP

This on the other hand, is a Microsoft product.  It was developed only recently, after the creation of Windows XP.  This means  That only Vista and Win 7 can use it.  Microsoft did not go back and update XP so that it could use SSTP because there have already been two updated editions of the Windows system, and support for XP is soon going to be phased out.  You can expect that future version of Windows (Windows 8 is already on the horizon) will be using SSTP VPN. This is another SSL encryption VPN, but you won’t often see it written and SSTP/SSL.  Not all VPN services carry this because most customer choose OpenVPN.

PPTP and L2TP

Both Win 7 and Windows XP come with VPN clients for PPTP and L2TP VPN.  You could consider using PPTP for either because its cheaper and some say faster.  Most of the security faults of the original PPTP VPN have been patched up, but the truth is that it can’t compare to SSL VPNs even with those improvements.  If your goal is to stream video from other countries or change your IP address to access geo-restricted websites, then PPTP will suffice. If you’re looking for privacy and security online, then OpenVPN or SSTP is going to be your best choice.

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