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_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesCVirtA 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.

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Cloud Solution Architect on the state and local government team with Microsoft based in Jacksonville, FL. He has co-authored 3 SQL Server books including "SQL Server 2014 Professional Administration". As a former consultant and trainer, he uses his experience on many parts of the Microsoft BI and data platform to help customers deliver the best possible solutions. Bradley frequently presents at community events around the country. He is a contributor to sites such as and an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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21 Responses

  1. Flor says:

    thanks it worked

  2. djkh says:

    Thank it work

  3. vishi says:

    Thank you very much! It was driving me nuts!

  4. Dhaval says:

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

  5. ceyazbeck says:

    thanks it works

  6. Soma says:

    It worked but cant remote desktop and cant ping

  7. Teri Speaks says:

    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 says:

    thank you so much…..

  9. Iyyappan says:

    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 says:

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

  11. Itamar Guedes says:

    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 says:

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

  13. Joy says:

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

  14. Leendert says:

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

  15. Ja says:

    thank you very much, works great

  16. Joby says:

    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 says:

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

  18. Charlietje says:

    worked for me too!

  19. Siva says:

    Hi Bradley,

    It worked like a charm. Many a thanks.

    May you remain blessed.

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