Windows 8 and Cisco (IPSEC) VPN Client


KB ID 0000693 Dtd 05/10/12


I've been running Windows 8 for a while now. But yesterday was the first time I needed to use my Cisco VPN Client software. So I was not happy when this happened.

Note: Using VPN Client version

Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter

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


As it turns out this is a known problem with Windows 8, and there is a work-around.

1. Press Windows Key+R to open the run prompt > regedit {enter}

2. Navigate to;


Locate the DisplayName > Edit its value > Delete all the text to the LEFT of "Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64bit Windows."

Fix Cisco VPN for Windows 8

2. So it looks like this.

Cisco VPN Client Software for Windows 8

3. Then it should work as before.

Cisco VPN Client Software working on Windows 8


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