Cisco VPN on Windows 8.1 - Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter

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

If you receive this error on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 while trying to connect with the Cisco VPN Client then the solution is a simple registry fix.

Check out this quick 3 minute video on how to fix. Prefer written instructions? They are right below the video.

To fix:

  1. Click Start and type regedit in the Search field and hit enter.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesCVirtA
  3. Find the String Value called DisplayName
  4. Right click and select Modify from the context menu.
  5. In Value data, remove @oemX.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;. The Value data should only contain Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows.
  6. Click Ok.
  7. Close Registry Editor.
  8. Retry your Cisco VPN Client connection.

Cisco VPN on Windows 8.1 - Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter Registry Before

Cisco VPN on Windows 8.1 – Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter Registry Before

Cisco VPN on Windows 8.1 - Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter Registry After

Cisco VPN on Windows 8.1 – Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter Registry After