Install Cisco AnyConnect VPN on Windows 8 x64

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