Fixing Cisco Systems VPN Client – “Reason 442 Failed Virtual Adapter Error” (Windows 8)

The fix is changing the faulty registry key.

Perform the following steps to apply the fix:

Step 1
If you are on the Windows 8 desktop, point the cursor at the lower right corner of the screen. Click the “Search” option as soon as it pops up on the left-side of the screen. If you are on the Metro UI Start Screen, point the cursor at the lower left corner of the screen and click the right mouse button. Now select the “Search” option on the context menu.

Step 2
When you perform either of the above actions, Windows 8 will load the “Apps” screen. Type “regedit” into the search bar located on the right side of the “Apps” screen.

Step 3
Click the “regedit” search result on the left side of the “Apps” screen. If you see a UAC dialog box, click “Yes” to open the Windows 8 Registry Editor.

Step 4:
Look for the registry entry “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControl­Set\Services\CVirta”.

Step 5:

Change the “Display Name” “@oem11.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”.

That’s all.

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