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08/21/2012 / e3fi389

Windows 8: Cisco VPN Client fails to enable virtual adapter (error 442)

Solution #1:

Open regedit, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CVirtA key. Change DisplayName data property, cut it off before the semicolon value (the value may vary in some cases oem6.inf):

  • For x86, change the value data from “@oem6.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
  • For x64, change the value data from “@oem6.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”

Solution #2:

Use Shrew Soft VPN Client (free and cool):


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  1. Anonymous / Sep 27 2012 9:35 PM

    Thabks, thha´s work!

  2. Anonymous / Sep 27 2012 10:19 PM

    its Works. Thanks :)

  3. Lonnie / Oct 12 2012 10:52 PM

    I still cannot get it to work. Using cisco vpn client Windows 8 64 bit laptop.

    • e3fi389 / Oct 13 2012 1:20 AM

      What is the exact value of the two keys?

    • somnambulismnow / Aug 19 2013 2:55 PM

      I don’t know if this will fix it, but it worked for me. I am running the Windows 8.1 preview, and the registry fix alone didn’t work for me. In addition, I downloaded and installed the Cisco Deterministic Network Enhancer ( I don’t know if the order matters, but I installed this first, followed by the VPN client, and then performed the registry edit, and I’m up and running now. Good luck!

  4. Anonymous / Mar 9 2013 6:28 AM

    it works thanks a lot

  5. hbaits / Aug 2 2013 2:57 PM

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  6. Raj Mahesh / Sep 17 2013 4:39 PM

    Hey, this really helps. Thanks a lot

  7. Laurel / Oct 8 2013 11:43 PM

    Thank you, I confirm that it works after this workaround. It’s bizarre that it comes up like that all of a sudden, but thank you once more. For anyone still struggling be sure to remove the semicolon figure as well as to the name to start with Cisco…

  8. somnambulismnow / Oct 9 2013 1:34 PM

    I just thought I would report that after installing Windows 8.1 Pro(not the preview) the standard 64-bit client now works for me without having to do any registry edits or workarounds.

  9. TGH / Oct 13 2013 4:18 PM

    We found this issue and a lot of our users did not want to use the Anywhere Connect Client, so we made a MSI fix for this issue so we could easily push out to a large amount of users via SCCM/Group Policy…hope it can help someone else…

  10. ...rux... / Dec 4 2013 2:30 PM

    its works! thanks.

  11. Dmitry / Jan 5 2014 9:09 PM

    thank you – works fine


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