Getting Windows 8 to work with Cisco VPN Client

I got stuck with Windows 8 pre-installed, lets just say I wont be buying from NewEgg anymore sadly.  Efforts to install Windows 7 even after negotiating UEFI failed, I believe that the BIOS has been specifically munged to thwart the 7 install. Asus simply says you cant go back.

So why I hate Windows 8 starts with the fact that I am a business/tech user, I don’t need to draw pictures for my mother or swipey swipey with my finger.  I need VPN’s to work and ASDM software to work.

Tip #1:  How to get Cisco VPN Client to work with Windows 8
Open Registry editor by typing regedit in CMD prompt
Browse to the Registry Key  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\CVirtA
Select the DisplayName to modify, and delete the leading characters in front of “Cisco”

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”


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  1. #1 by Menandro B. Mendiola on January 27th, 2013

    I already asked our network support to find a way on how enable cisco vpn in windows 8.

    But your article comes first, so thanks a lot man.

  2. #2 by Dave on February 2nd, 2013

    Tip worked great, thanks!

  3. #3 by David on February 7th, 2013

    Hello, I can connect doing this changes
    but i can not connect to a server(Remote connection)

  4. #4 by akaTuvi on March 14th, 2013

    Tnx, worked like a charm on x64 windows 8 Cisco VPN v5.0.07

  5. #5 by davi on March 30th, 2013

    works 100%


  6. #6 by abc on April 3rd, 2013

    Thanks it worked!

  7. #7 by Jeff B. on April 16th, 2013

    I found in the bios to move the boot manager for windows 8 off the boot list or at least move it down and you will be able to install windows 7. That’s what I have been doing.

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