I have recently upgraded my laptop from Windows Vista SP1 to Windows 7 Professional.

After the upgrade, if I try to use the Cisco VPN client to connect to a network, I get this message:

Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client.
Reason 440: Driver Failure.

Prior to the upgrade, I was able to connect with no problems.

The version of the client I am using is


Here is a website on how to install Cisco VPN on Windows 7: How to (Successfully) Install Cisco VPN Client on Windows 7. There is even a comment at the end that someone using the same version as you has it working fine following the directions given (install the Citrix DNE Update).

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Some users have reported success by

  1. Uninstalling Cisco VPN
  2. Rebooting
  3. Re-installing Cisco VPN

You could try these steps - it worked for me in Vista when my Cisco VPN client threw up the same error message some time ago.

Also, if you have a BSOD after doing these steps, I refer you to this article :

How to prevent Cisco VPN client blue screening Windows 7 x32 Build 7000

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You do not have to go through all that.

I have seen so many people go through this ridiculous process of uninstalling and reinstalling the VPN Client. Follow these and your life will be made a lot easier.

During the install or upgrade process, the uninstaller is not able to remove the old Cisco VPN LAN and thus creates a new one.

Solution 1:

  1. Go to Start --> Settings --> Network Connections --> View Network Connections
  2. On the listed Connections, you will find two Cisco Local Area Connections. The first will have a disabled Status, the second one will have a connected status.
  3. Select the Cisco VPN LAN connection that has a connected status and disable it by right clicking and select disable

Solution 2:

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. Select Network Adapters
  3. Uninstall the Cisco Adapter without the Disabled Icon (red top left icon)

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