How to make the legacy Cisco VPN client worth with Windows 10 [2020 Updated]
Total Time: 15 minutes
If you are trying to install Cisco VPN Client on a Windows 10 machine, then you will probably get an error telling you that it is incompatible with the version of Windows you are using like the above image.
Well, this is true, however, there is a way around this by using the steps below.
Download the VPN Fix Package
First of all you need to download our VPN fix package for Windows 10 which you can download using the link below:
Scroll down the page a little and you will see the blue Download button like the one above.
You will also need to ensure that you have the installer for the legacy Cisco VPN client software, as this is licenced, we cannot give you a download for it.
Extract the Cisco VPN Fix Package
Once you have these you should extract the VPN fix package which will give you the following utilities:
– WinFix.exe – Windows Fixup for DNE
– DNEUpdatex86.msi – DNE Updater for x86 Operating Systems (Provided by Citrix)
– DNEUpdatex64.msi – DNE Updater for x64 Operating Systems (Provided by Citrix)
– CiscoVPNClientFixx64.exe – Cisco VPN Client Fix for x64 Operating Systems (Provided by TechyGeeksHome)
– CiscoVPNClientFixx86.exe – Cisco VPN Client Fix for x86 Operating Systems (Provided by TechyGeeksHome)
Run the Fixes in order
You have to run these utilities in a particular order to enable this to work. So, identify the architecture of the operating system you are using, for this guide we will use x64.
Run the WinFix.exe utility first and you will be presented with a box like the one above.
You should click on the Start Windows Fixup button to start the process, once completed you will get a message in the utility advising that the installation is complete.
DNE Update Utility
You can then move on to installing the DNE Update utility. So double click the DNEUpdatex64.msi and you will see a standard installation wizard like the one above.
Install Legacy Cisco VPN Client
You can then go ahead and install the Cisco VPN Client which should now install without any problems – but ensure that you use the MSI file to start the install process, NOT the EXE file.
However, this is not the end of the process as the VPN Client, although successfully installed, will not actually connect to your VPN profiles.
Enabling the VPN Profiles
To resolve this issue, you should now install the CiscoVPNClientFixx64.exe utility by again just running through all the wizard defaults.
Once this is complete, you should reboot your computer. Then you should be able to fire up your Cisco VPN Client and connect to your VPN profiles without any trouble!
Windows 8.1 & Windows 10
If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and are having trouble with your Cisco VPN Client then you should take a look at our Cisco Microsite by clicking the link below for guides and utilities:
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