Install on Vista
Installing the My Expat Network VPN client on Windows Vista
Ok lets get you up and running. Before you know it you'll be watching your favourite UK TV shows, unblocking Facebook to catch up with friends and family, safe in the knowledge that you have secure internet access to our country specific servers.
Please ensure that before you attempt to install the software you are logged into your computer as an Administrator and not a Standard User.
You will also need to run the VPN client as an admin too… Windows Vista is very security conscience! If you are a standard user we suggest you right click and choose 'Run as administrator' to ensure a correct connection.
If you are unsure that you are a Computer Administrator you can check this by going to your Start Menu, choosing Control Panel and then selecting User Accounts.
Within this window you can see all the user accounts and which type they are.
It is also recommended that you disable any anti-virus software during this process too.
My Expat Network Countries
There are several countries that you can subscribe to, and each of the VPN clients have a slightly different name, however the installation instructions are relevant to all of the countries listed below.
MyExpatNet - United Kingdom
MyExpatNetUS - United States
MyExpatNetAUS - Australia
MyExpatNetCAN - Canada
MyExpatNetPREM - All countries premium service
Double click on the MyExpatNet installer icon on your desktop to start the installation. You may get a security warning window pop up, just click Run
Please read the Licence Agreement carefully and if you are happy to proceed click the I Agree button.
It is recommended that you use the default pathway into your Programme Files folder (or in the case of Vista 64-bit, the Programme Files (x86) folder).
Click on the Install button to continue.
You will receive a window asking you if you want to install the TAP-Win32 network adapters. You will need this adapter to allow you to connect to servers in the UK. Failure to install this component will render your VPN client useless.
Please click the Install button to continue.
Congratulations you have now installed the MyExpatNet VPN Client.
Click Finish to close the installation window.
Follow the instructions below to get you connected to the MyExpatNet service.
How to use the MyExpatNet VPN Client on Windows Vista
Now that the VPN client is installed you’ll need to launch the application to enable you to visit all those websites that were previously blocked to you.
On your desktop you will now have a MyExpatNet GUI icon (see above).
Depending on which country you signed up for, the desktop icon may be named slightly differently i.e. MyExpatNetUS GUI for the US only service.
If you are logged as an Admin User just double click this to connect to the VPN service and to also launch the System Tray icon.
Again if you have User Account Control turned on you will receive window asking if you want to allow this application to run. Click Allow.
If you are now logged in as a Standard User you must right click on the MyExpat GUI icon and choose Run as administrator (see right).
Failure to do this as a Standard User will mean that you will still connect to the My Expat Network Service but your computer does not gain access to UK based internet content.
If you have User Account Control turned on then you will receive a window stating that Windows needs your permission to continue. Click on the Continue button.
Once done you will see in your System Tray (bottom right of your desktop) an announcement that you are now connected to the My Expat Network.
Now that you have created a new virtual network connection with our UK based servers Vista will ask you what type of network connection you want to label it as. Choose the Home location option. Vista usually only asks you to do this once.
Once you select your network location you will receive a confirmation window. Click on the Close button.
You can now access UK based websites with out any restrictions.
To disconnect from the service you will need to right-click on the System Tray icon (similar to the large MyExpatNet GUI icon on the desktop). A contextual menu will appear, from which you can choose Disconnect.
To reconnect to the My Expat Network simply repeat the last step and this time choose Connect from the contextual menu.