Sep 04

Cisco VPN Client 5 on Windows 8

NOTE: Always create a backup before doing any type of Windows registry modifications!!!!

With the full public release of Windows 8 right around the corner it is inevitable that people will want to get in there and check it out. If you are working someplace that uses the Cisco VPN client you may run into a little issues getting it to work on Windows 8. Luckily the fix is REALLY simple. I’m sure they will add support in the future, but for the time being check out the issue and fix below.

The client will install and run just fine on the OS, at least it did for me. The problem comes when connecting to VPN resulting in the following error:

Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client.
Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter.

For the fix we need to fire up the registry editor. Go to Start (press the Windows key or click in the very bottom left corner or go to the top right corner and the click start when the ridiculous hidden menu pops up.) and simply start typing RegEdit and open the application that comes up.

Next navigate the registry and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CVirtA then edit the DisplayName:

Delete everything before the word Cisco in the key so that it reads: Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows

Click ok and close the registry editor. That’s it, you should now be able to connect to VPN. I didn’t need a restart but it is always a good idea.


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  1. Flor

    thanks it worked

  2. djkh

    Thank it work

  3. vishi

    Thank you very much! It was driving me nuts!

  4. Dhaval

    Great, Thanks so much, It worked for me too.

  5. ceyazbeck

    thanks it works

  6. Soma

    It worked but cant remote desktop and cant ping

  7. Teri Speaks

    You are the greatest!!! Thanks! If only I had found you first . . . I would’ve saved at least 1.5 hours!

  8. Phung Quoc Tuan

    thank you so much…..

  9. Iyyappan

    It was working nice. But now suddenly disconnected. After that i couldn’t connect vpn.
    Do you have any other solutions for connect vpn from windows 8 system.

  10. Nado

    Had to install this on windows server 2012 and nothing worked except this.

  11. Itamar Guedes

    Ok, ele conecta, mas não libera acessos a internet, não faz PING. Alguém pode me ajudar? A conexão não fica normal, será qu existe uma versão para Windows 8 (64bits) ?

  12. Bob Nakata

    Yes, it does work. Great! but We can’t access internal network, can’t go anywhere? is this happens to anyone ?

  13. Joy

    Thanks! It works well for me and I have no problem with internet access.

  14. Leendert

    Dear Bradley, thank you very much I was struggling for almost a week with this issue.
    Rgds, Leendert @CURACAO.

  15. Ja

    thank you very much, works great

  16. Joby

    I am able to install and connect to VPN, but I cannot use my Remote Desktop nor can I ping any PCs in the network via VPN. any suggestions ? I tried disabling firewall, didnt work.

  17. Paul

    You are a star!!!! It worked like magic for me. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Charlietje

    worked for me too!

  19. Siva

    Hi Bradley,

    It worked like a charm. Many a thanks.

    May you remain blessed.

  20. Rodrigo Gonzalez


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