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How to retrieve VPN settings from an old PC or laptop to make your new PC work for you

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VPN connection settings are usually saved in a single file which you can copy from the old hard drive to the correct location on your new laptop

Our Helproom Editor explains how to get back all the VPN settings you had on your old PC or laptop.

QUESTION My old laptop died a couple of weeks ago and I've now bought a new one which I'm attempting to configure for a VPN connection to my university. The only issue at the moment is that I can't figure out the settings I require. However, my old laptop was correctly configured and I still have the hard drive.

I've now plugged in my old laptop hard drive in to an external caddy. Is there a way I can retrieve the settings for the VPN connection? I think I need the VPN connection URL (or whatever it might be called). I don't require my username and password as I have saved those.

None of my University setup guides seem to be working, which is why I want to retrieve the working configuration from my old hard drive.

HELPROOM ANSWER The VPN connection settings are usually saved in a single file which you can copy from the old hard drive to the correct location on your new laptop. The VPN connection should then work correctly. You can also use this method to deploy a pre-configured VPN setup to multiple PCs.

On the old hard drive, first make sure you have permission to access all system files and that hidden and system files are set to be visible in Windows Explorer.

Now navigate to the profile folder for the user on the old laptop who had the VPN installed and inside this folder navigate to "\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\".

This folder should contain the file "rasphone.pbk" which contains your VPN details. If you copy it to the corresponding folder on your new laptop, the connection should then work.

If the VPN connection from the old laptop was set up for all users rather than an individual user, you will find the rasphone.pbk file in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk".

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