Cisco AnyConnect Client on Windows 8.x

In case your company is like mine and has an older version of Cisco AnyConnect and you’re having trouble establishing a connection on Windows 8.x, you might try the following:

Cisco VPN in Windows 8.x

If you install and run the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client in Windows 8.x, you might receive the following error:

The VPN client driver has encountered an error.
<Click OK>

Unable to establish VPN.
<Click OK>

To fix the Cisco VPN Client v2.4.1012 on Windows 8.x:

  • Open regedit and drill down to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpnva
  • Modify ‘DisplayName’ and remove all the ‘junk’ (probably something like @oem22.inf,%vpnva_Desc%;) in front of ‘Cisco’. The final value should read: ‘Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64’

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2 thoughts on “Cisco AnyConnect Client on Windows 8.x

  1. Greg,

    I’m not sure which patch caused this. I experienced this problem on Windows 8 Enterprise x64 (non-8.1) prior to installing any patches.

  2. we recently experienced this after a windows update. it was working on win 8.x up until the latest patches. anyone know which update may have caused it to suddenly change this registry value?

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