How to Delete VPN in Windows 7

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Virtual Private Network technology allows you to make a secure connection to remote systems, such as an office networks, via the public Internet. When using VPN on the Windows 7 operating system, it is not instantly apparent how to delete exiting VPN connections, as you cannot delete them from the connection icon in the Windows system tray. It is necessary to use the Windows Control Panel to access your stored connections. You can then delete them from this area.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button.

  • Click "Control Panel" and then click on the "Network and Internet" link.

  • Click on the blue "View network status and tasks" link.

  • Click "Change Adapter Settings" on the left of the window.

  • Locate the VPN connection you wish to delete on the right-hand pane. Right-click on it, and then click "Delete."

  • Click "Yes" on the dialog box to confirm. Windows 7 deletes your connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Deleting a VPN connection in this way is a permanent action. Do not delete a connection if you think you may need it again in the future.
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