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Eric Donaldson
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I saw this post, is there a way to use openvpn with windows clients but not use the client software?

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28355176/OpenVPN-on-Windows-7-without-Official-OpenVPN-Client-Software.html
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You have to use SOME kind of OpenVPN client.  It doesn't necessarily have to be the one provided by OpenVPN... but there's no OpenVPN client capability built into Windows, if that's what you mean.

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Do you know what other options I could use?
What is the problem you were trying to avoid with the regular client? It's not going to help you if the other options have the same problem.
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Why not just use a different VPN product if that is your requirement? Either Windows VPN or SoftEther.
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I would be interested in your reasons for this question, too.
OpenVPN uses a proprietary protocol, so nothing else will be compatible.
The code uses OpenSSL library functions, which are open source; this library is maintained by a big community, removing known vulnerabilities in no time, and OpenVPN is following quickly. Other than many other SSL VPN solutions, which often run with older OpenSSL releases.
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