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Windows 8 and Cisco VPN

If you ever need to get Cisco VPN working with Windows 8, you might need to perform the following registry hack.  When I first installed Cisco VPN and tried to get it to work on my Windows 8 Lenovo Yoga laptop, it would never allow me to connect. Here is the error message I get:

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

Here is a screen shot of the error dialog as well:

Failed to enable Virtual Adapter

Here are the steps that I had to take to get my Cisco VPN client (5.0.07.0440 for x64, 5.0.07.0410 for x86) working:

  • Open Registry editor by typing regedit in Run prompt
  • Browse to the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\CVirtA
  • Select the DisplayName to modify, and remove the leading characters from the value data up to “%;” i.e.
    • For x86, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
    • For x64, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”
  • Try connecting again

Hopefully, this helps anyone else out there that is running into issues with using Cisco VPN on Windows 8.

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