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My university uses Cisco VPN Client for off-campus network access. We're using client version, which doesn't appear to work with Windows 8. The installation completes with no problem, but when I try to connect, I get the following error after entering my credentials:

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

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

How can I get Cisco VPN client working under Windows 8? The same installer worked fine in Windows 7.

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Interesting. I had no problems installing and connecting using my universities Cisco VPN. – KronoS Oct 20 '12 at 15:58
@KronoS what version does your Uni use? Might be that we're on a slightly older version or something, although when I searched this problem, it appeared that other people had it as well. – nhinkle Oct 20 '12 at 16:51
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This problem occurs due to a registry error in the installer. All you need to do is fix the following registry key:

Open regedit.exe, and go to


Edit the DisplayName value to remove the gibberish before "Cisco". The value by default will be something like:

@oem18.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows

Edit it to just say:

Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows

You can also save the following as a .reg file, and open it to fix the registry problem automatically:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"DisplayName"="Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows"


Update: this was working for several months, but recently has been having intermittent issues. The VPN will connect "successfully", and the network remains connected, but no servers are accessible. I've been using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN lately, and the most recent version appears to work on Windows 8 x64. I couldn't find any place to publicly download the AnyConnect client though, so you will need to obtain it from your organization's IT department.

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I did this and it appeared to work, however upon reboot I can;t get ANY ethernet adapter to work anymore, uninstall the client and it works fine.. Theres more at work here than dodgy registry entries for some :( – krystan honour Nov 11 '12 at 18:34

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