Dec 192012

Getting IPsec to work correctly under Windows 8 was just as frustrating as others who Google searched, tried, and failed did.  UAC is more restrictive under Windows 8, and required to make Metro apps work.  DNE and routing require elevated privileges.  I finally got it working this afternoon after tweaking my permissions and registry just right.

Hopefully Cisco will release a native Windows 8 client sooner or later?

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  4 Responses to “Cisco VPN (5.0.7, 64-bit) under Windows 8”

  1. Good God Cisco, they are the worst when it comes to pushing out compatible VPN software.

  2. How Ken ? I have the same problem…

  3. Three possible ways to fix it, all with varying degrees of success:

    (1) Cisco VPN client ( for x64, for x86) is working for some people. You need to apply a small workaround as explained below:
    ●   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 upto "%;" i.e.
    o    For x86, change the value data from something like "@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to "Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
    o    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

    (2) Install ShrewSoft VPN 2.1.7 and  import Cisco PCF:

    (3) Disable User Access Control (UAC) on Windows 8.  All Metro apps will stop working (required for app authorization), but VPN will no longer get denied privilege escalation.  Install and run Cisco VPN client after disabling UAC.

  4. I tried 1 without success, tried 3 but most apps stopped working correctly. Finally settled on using ShrewSoft 2.1.7 to connect to my office VPN until Cisco releases a real update for Windows 8.

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