Troubleshooting Windows OpenVPN Client Connectivity

Historically, OpenVPN client software on Windows had issues with routing due to a lack of privileges. Current versions of the OpenVPN client software for Windows run as a service which only requires administrative privileges during the installation process and not when the client software runs afterward.

Older legacy client software versions may still need such privileges, but in nearly all cases the correct course of action is to upgrade the software.

When installing OpenVPN client software using the OpenVPN Client Export Package, the installer will not upgrade an existing installation of OpenVPN client software. To ensure the client software is updated properly, uninstall the old client software first, reboot, then install the new copy.