If you like to keep your data safe and your browsing habits encrypted, all the while being able to access geo-restricted content all over the world, then you surely must be using a VPN. There are many different types of VPNs out there, including the very popular one known as NordVPN.
But with the release of Windows 11, we understand that many users might face difficulties with the new OS. It takes time for any new OS release to be refined by the company and to get rid of bugs. But we also realize that people can’t wait for the OS to refine itself to use their favorite apps and features.
One such issue we recognize is NordVPN not connecting for many users. If you are facing this issue, then keep reading this article to figure out how you can get rid of this pesky little problem on Windows 11 once and for all.
What to do if NordVPN stops working on Windows 11?
Essentially, there are 5 ways to fix the problem of NordVPN not connecting on Windows 11.
1. Compatibility Mode
One solution to this problem is to run NordVPN in compatibility mode. Being a relatively new and fresh OS, Windows 11 might not support your version of NordVPN just yet. If this is the case, then following the steps below should fix your problem.
Follow these instructions to set up NordVPN in compatibility mode:
First of all, locate the NordVPN app on your desktop. Alternatively, you might find it in your start menu. Either way, once you have located it, right-click on it.
After right-clicking, the drop-down menu will appear. Now, simply click on the ‘properties’ button.
The ‘properties’ menu should open up. Take a look at the tab ribbon at the top and locate the ‘compatibility’ tab. Once you have done so, click on it.
You should see a ‘compatibility mode’ option once in that tab. Check the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ option. This will enable the setting.
Now, all you have to do is select a previous version of the Windows OS, such as Windows 10 or Windows 7. Select the version you think best.
Then simply click ‘apply’ at the bottom of the menu and then click ‘ok’.
Now, run NordVPN again. If the compatibility was the problem, then it would’ve been solved by this method, and you should have Nord VPN running correctly.
2. VPN Protocol Settings
VPNs use protocol settings to determine what kind of connection they should establish with the server. These settings are usually set to default, which might be the cause of the problem. You can customize this and stop the VPN from using the default settings to auto-connect. Here’s how you can do that.
Open the NordVPN app. Just click on the settings button on the top right-hand corner of the NordVPN app window.
In the sidebar, you should see an ‘auto-connect’ tab. Click on that.
Then simply toggle the ‘Choose a VPN protocol and server automatically’ setting off.
Below that you should see a ‘VPN Protocol’ drop-down. Click on it and select the VPN (TCP) option.
Now that you have a customized setting, try reconnecting your VPN.
If the problem was regarding protocol, then after following these steps, you should have a fully functioning VPN.
3. Update Your Version Of NordVPN
Usually, when there are issues with apps and software on a new OS, it’s due to the app not being updated to its latest version. With the release of a new OS like Windows 11, software companies release versions of their software that can work correctly with that new OS. If your NordVPN isn’t working correctly, then it might be time to update the app.
Simply open the NordVPN website and check it for any updated versions of the app. If there is an update, then simply download and install it. Once you have done that, run the app again. If your issue was your software not being updated, that should be solved by now.
4. Reinstall NordVPN Drivers (TUN Drivers)
Reinstalling the TUN Drivers is another effective method. TUN Drivers ensure the appropriate creation and maintenance of the encrypted digital tunnel that your particular data stream goes through. If these drivers are corrupted or otherwise facing issues, then that might not let you connect your VPN appropriately.
Here’s how you can reinstall these TUN Drivers for NordVPN.
Click on the start menu. Search for ‘device manager.’ Click on it.
You will see a list of options. Click on the ‘network adapters’ option to make it expand.
Right-click on the ‘NordLynx Tunnel’ driver and uninstall it.
Then open up the ‘control panel’. Click on ‘Uninstall a program.’ You can find it in the programs tab.
From the list of apps, search for ‘NordVPN Network TUN’ and click on uninstall.
Now, simply restart your PC and download and reinstall the NordVPN TUN drivers.
This should be able to solve any tunneling driver issues.
5. Reinstall Network Drivers
If you’re still encountering issues with your VPN, you should follow the final method on this list: reinstalling network drivers. Here’s how you can do that.
Open up the ‘device manager’ again with the method shown in the previous step.
Go to ‘network adapters’ again and expand it.
You will see a list of drivers. From that, choose your network driver and right-click on it to uninstall.
Then simply restart your PC. You should have your network drivers reinstalled and refreshed.
To Wrap Up
These are the five most popular methods of fixing any connectivity issues you might face with NordVPN. If you have followed these methods, you should not be facing any problems anymore and enjoy uninterrupted VPN connectivity.