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Jun 13, 2012

winnate – using windows 8 with cisco vpn

are you having the same connection issue i was when trying to use the cisco vpn client? here’s what the message looks like:

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the message states: Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter.

this is the second time i’ve had to do this so i figured capture it. anyway, found the steps here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/6fe817f3-27fe-4068-995a-aced4508ee3e

anyway, it looks like the vpn client tries to enable the virtual adapter by its display name. the installation does some funky crap with the display name:
  • broke: @oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%,Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows
  • good: Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows

once you remove the crud and try again, it works. here’s the actual steps that raman posted:
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