Cisco VPN Client no longer works on Windows 10


After upgrading to Windows 10 (or installing fresh I guess), Cisco VPN Client (the old IKE1 version) no longer works. If you upgraded the “Cisco VPN Client” service is missing and if you type in “VPN” into Cortana the “VPN Client” no longer shows up. Trying to reinstall gives the error

Your app does not work with Windows 10

Ryan Ternier has worked out a fix and I’m publishing it here so it’s easier for me to find…here it is in the long form:

  1. Click on the Start button -> Settings -> System-> Apps and Features -> Uninstall Cisco VPN Client
  2. Now download the Sonicwall VPN Client from http://help.mysonicwall.com/applications/vpnclient/
  3. Install the Sonicwall VPN Client
  4. Extract the vpnclient-winx64-msi-5.0.07.0440-k9.exe and right click vpnclient_setup.msi and select Install
  5. Run through the installer steps
  6. Once done click on Start button and type Regedit as administrator
  7. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CVirtA and edit the “DisplayName” REG_SZ object.
  8. Change the contents of DisplayName from “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”
  9. Either reboot or start up services.msc and start the Cisco VPN service
  10. Open the VPN client as normal and try and connect
  11. It should now work again.

Thanks to Ryan Ternier and OCGrumpa in post http://weblogs.asp.net/rternier/getting-cisco-s-ipsec-vpn-client-working-on-windows-10.

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