HY-VPN installation (Windows)

These instructions apply only to the home computers! The university computers use the Pulse Secure software for the same purpose.
Pulse Secure is also available for the home computers and devices.


Detailed help

Necessary installation packages

Retrieve the OpenVPN package on www.openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html

  • Select the Windows installer package according to your operating system
  • Save the OpenVPN package on your computer

Find the settings file which contains the settings and verification needed for the university connection

For instructions on using compressed zip or 7z files, go to instructions

Installing an OpenVPN package

  • Double-click the installation package to start the installation process.


  • Select Next to start the installation


  • Read the terms and conditions and accept them by selecting I Agree.
    If you do not accept the licence, you cannot install or use the OpenVPN product.


  • Select the components to be installed. NB! It is recommended to use the default settings
  • Select Next to continue


  • Accept the suggested installation directory. If you change the installation directory, the installation of the settings files may be unsuccessful.
  • Select Install to start the installation


  • The installation view displays the progress of the installation


  • Select Install to accept the installation of a virtual network interface card. Without this, the OpenVPN will not work.

  • Installation continues after acceptance.
  • Finally, select Next


  • You will be notified when the installation is complete. Select Finish.

Installing the hy-vpn.exe settings file

NB! The installation is carried out slightly differently in the different versions of the Windows operating system.

Windows 8, 7 and Vista:

  • The settings file installation must be done with administration rights.
    • Open the folder containing the configuration file hy-vpn.ex

    • Right-click the file and select Run as Administrator (Suorita järjestelmänvalvojana).

  • Follow the instructions of the installation software. When the installation is finished, the necessary configuration files have been installed in the correct folders.

Error situations

The installation software should be able to correctly identify 32- and 64-bit computers. If the software does not work correctly after the installation, make sure the files hy.ovpn and HY-vpn-CA.pem are in the correct folders:

  • 64-bit Windows: \Program Files\OpenVpn\Config
  • 32-bit Windows: \Program Files(x86)\OpenVpn\Config

In practice, all new computers are 64-bit. You can check this by opening the Start menu and right-clicking Computer > Properties.

You can see which version is used in your computer in the section System type.