Cisco AnyConnect on Windows 8

After upgrading to Windows 8, I ran into problems with Cisco AnyConnect, which I am required to use when connecting to some of our customers.

The error you will encounter looks something like this, The VPN client driver encountered an error.


After a google session I found quite a few suggestions that changing the displayname value in the registry would solve it.

Well I ‘m not one to argue with Google, so I gave it a shot


The value shown above must be changed into


in my case, I had to remove this bit of the text, @oem12.inf,%vpnva_Desc%;, but the oemxx.inf will vary from system to system

Should you have “unattended” needs, you can fix this as part of your package or task sequence using the following command

reg add hklm\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpnva /v DisplayName /f /d "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64"

By |2012-08-22T20:35:01+00:00August 22nd, 2012|Windows Client|2 Comments

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  1. Andrew November 7, 2012 at 21:36 - Reply

    Thanks! Can confirm this edit worked for me. Had seen this comment on a number of sites but using pre-release versions of Win8, so wasn’t too confident. PLus there’s supposed to be a new version (3.0.1) of the client which fully supports Win8 now.

    However, this edit fixed my client up in two seconds, using older 2.5 version. Handy! 🙂


  2. Eric Pearson March 5, 2013 at 21:44 - Reply

    WOW that was a life saver! Thanks so much for sharing!

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