Month: November 2012

Install Cisco AnyConnect VPN on Windows 8 x64

I’ve tested this on Windows 8 Pro x64 only (I’ve not tested this on x86 versions of Windows 8). Please make sure to backup the registry key we are going to modify in the instructions below before modifying it.

1.    You company will give you a URL where you can install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client from… In Windows 8 you might get “Page cannot be displayed” if you try to load the website via Internet Explorer 10. To properly install it successfully, useFirefox (IE will not work, not sure about Chrome)

2.    Edit your registry by pressing Windows Key + R

3.    Type RegEdit then press Enter

4.    Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpnva

5.    Double click on the DisplayName

6.    Delete everything before “Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64” and save the DisplayName value

7.    Test your VPN client and now you will no longer get a VPN driver error that you were getting on Windows 8


EDIT:   After a reboot, I received an error message but was able to get passed it by performing the following:

  1. Open the Services MMC (Window Key + R then type “services.msc” and press enter)
  2. Stop the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service
  3. Open the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client and login



Change Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8 Pro

You can’t change the CD Key of Windows 8 Enterprise by going to the System screen. To change Enterprise to Pro, you need the Windows 8 retail CD along with your windows 8 Pro CD KEY. Popin the CD in your computer and reinstall windows however, when prompted what you want to do with your apps, files, and settings make sure you select the KEEP Settings, Apps, and Files!! It should be the default selected checkbox but make sure just in case.

Hope this helps other folks out there.