Well, Cisco VPN was discontinued quite some time back (in 2011 to be precise) and as such, there is no support for the same in Windows 10. This means that if you are interested in installing Cisco VPN client v5 in Windows 10 then it will not be an easy task for you.
Our aim here is to make things easier for you and show you how you can tweak the system to get the VPN installed over Windows 10. So, let us delve into the details of how this can be possible.
Overcoming Challenges of Installing Cisco VPN Client v5 in Windows 10
According to Cisco, the last operating system its VPN supported was the now nearly obsolete Windows 7. So, how to install cisco vpn client in a Windows 10 system?
If you are really serious about installing Cisco VPN client v5 in Windows 10 then there is a workaround which can be used for accomplishing this goal. The steps you will have to take in this context include:
- Install required program
- Edit the registry
- Perform trouble shooting and necessary post installation steps
Install Required Programs
If you have installed the Creators Update of Windows 10 then the undermentioned steps can be used to set up as well as get the Cisco VPN running on your machine.
First things first, before you get hold of the creators update for Windows 10 and install it, make sure the cisco 5.0 vpn client has been uninstalled.
The reason is that if you are not uninstalling cisco remote client prior to upgrading your OS, you may have to search for the appropriate registry files and delete them before your system allows you to reinstall the client with the help of MSI file.
Thus, it is a better idea to completely remove the vpn client and then only move ahead with installation of the Creators Update of Windows 10.
Cisco VPN Software for Windows – Steps in Installation Process
- Step #1: SonicWall Client Installation – At first, you will have to download and then install the client for SonicWall VPN (we will delve into details of why you need to install this VPN client). At the time of download you will have to ensure that you are selecting the most recent version of the 64-bit or the 32-bit client so that it works as you expect it to.
- Step #2: Cisco 5.0 VPN Client Installation – Next thing you will have to do is download the Cisco VPN client. You can get it from Dropbox as well as from CNET. When saving from Dropbox, make sure direct download option is selected instead of the option which says you need to save to your Dropbox account. This way you will be able to download the installer file for the VPN client without the need to sign up or login to an account, helping to expedite the process.
- Step #3: Perform Required Tweaks – After the process of downloading required installers completes, your next task will be to make some changes so that the installation can be performed. If you do not make these changes then it is likely that you will end up with a notification that the installation file is not supported by the system. Thus, you will have to at first unzip the file with the help of any type of compression software such as 7-zip or WinZip, which will give you a MST file that you cannot open. To solve this issue what you will have to do is right click on the file and change the MST part to make it MSI. By implementing this simple step you will be able to solve the problem and start installing Cisco VPN client v5 in Windows 10.
Edit the Registry
After the installation process completes, second step of cisco remote client installation would consist of making changes in the registry.
For this you will have to make use of the registry editor popularly known as Regedit. All you will have to do is start the run window and simply type Regedit to start the registry editing application.
Change Value for CVirtA: As you have the registry editor open in front of you, what you will have to do is search for a registry key which is called “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and then go down several levels from there. First you will have to click on system sub-option, then on sub-option which says CurrentControlSet, then services and at last click of the option which says CVirtA.