OpenVPN: Route Add Failure on Windows Vista


OpenVPN (and OpenVPN GUI) on Windows Vista fails silently if executed without Administrator privileges. The error is almost not noticeable since VPN succeeds in obtaining an IP address (see the green OpenVPN icon in the screenshot). But, the VPN is not established due to the error:

ERROR: Windows route add command failed: system() returned error code 1
The requested operation requires elevation.


Run OpenVPN as Administrator or if this is a frequent used application change its shortcut to always run as Administrator.

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4 thoughts on “OpenVPN: Route Add Failure on Windows Vista

  1. Hi! I was wondering if there is away to have non-admin users been able to use OpenVPN in Windows 7. Have VPN working under administrator, but can’t make my users admins just to have this one working on their new computers :S

    Thanks for any help you can give me on this.


  2. Run openvpn as administrator

  3. Thanks. This was very helpful to me.

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