Install Cisco VPN client on Windows 10 [Complete Guide]

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There are many companies offering VPN servers, but one of the most secure and popular is Cisco. Today, we will teach you how to enable the Cisco VPN client on Windows 10.

Requirements:

  • A PC that runs on Windows 10
  • Cisco VPN Client v5.0.07.0440 (check with your network administrator)
  • Citrix Deterministic Network Enhancer (DNE) Update
  • Administrative credentials

Once you meet all the requirements, you will be able to start installing and configuring the VPN client on your Windows 10 PC by taking the following steps:

  1. If you installed a previous version of Cisco VPN client, you will need to uninstall it and reboot the node.
  2. After that, install Citrix DNE Update software, but make sure that it matches your computer’s architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
  3. Install Cisco VPN client version 5.0.07.0440 and reboot your computer after the installation is complete (if requested).
  4. You will now have to launch the registry editor. To do this, press the Windows button, write regedit and right click on it.
  5. Once Regedit is open, head to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesCVirtA, search for Display Name key, and double-click it to edit the entry;
  6. Change it from @oem8.ifn,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter to Cisco Systems VPN Adapter;
  7. Now you will have to close the Registry Editor, launch the Cisco VPN Client Software and configure it to connect to your VPN server.

HINT: Keep in mind that from time to time, you might notice Windows 10 flagging the application as unsupported and disabling the service. You can fix this by launching the Services.msc, find the service entry named Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service, right click on it and select Start.

If the latest Windows updates prevent the app from working as it should, Cisco recommends using their AnyConnect Mobility client, which offers a VPN client and other solutions in one package.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2016 and was revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.