Windows 7 Cisco VPN Client

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Jan 6th, 2010
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I might be behind the times here but any advice would be appreciated. I have a new Windows 7 laptop and I cannot install the Cisco VPN client software. It complains that it isn't true 64-bit. I have tried compatability mode and running as administrator but to no avail. Is there a version of the client that will install onto Windows 7. If so, where can I get it? Ther version I am trying to use is -

Thanks - Simon (UK)

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IKRAM HUSSAIN Wed, 01/06/2010 - 08:27
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Cisco VPN Client does not support 64bit OS. If your backend is ASA then there is a new client from cisco Any connect you can download from the cisco's web site.

But if you are using VPN Concentrator, cisco doesn't have any 64bit clients.

You can use Shrew soft from, which is free,and follow the instructions accordingly. If you have .pcf file you can import into the shrew client.

Phillip Remaker Fri, 02/19/2010 - 12:13
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February 18, 2010
Due to popular demand, the Cisco VPN Client v5.0.7 open beta is now available!
In addition to serving as a general maintenance release, the Cisco VPN Client 5.0.7 beta is compatible with Windows 7 & Windows Vista 64-bit environments. 
A 64-bit specific compatible image is available for installation on these platforms.

Please have communicate feedback (both positive and problems) to [email protected].

Key Capabilities available for Beta Testing:
New Platform support – Windows 7 & Windows Vista 64-bit platform compatibility
Software Access: (under 5.BETA)
Software is available for download by any customer with a SMARTnet™ enabled login.
Release Notes will be available next week via a link once the download image is selected.

There are currently no plans to support Windows XP 64 bit in the VPN client.

gbarr Thu, 10/06/2011 - 07:32
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Fantastic advice!  I couldn't even get the current version of the x64 VPN client to install despite spending a couple of hours working on it.  Installed the Shrew VPN client, imported my .pcf file and it worked like a charm.  No more dodgey Cisco VPN client for me!  Thanks


darren.g Thu, 10/06/2011 - 17:24
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You can use Shrew soft from, which is free,and follow the instructions accordingly. If you have .pcf file you can import into the shrew client.


I know this is a really, really old reply - but I just wanted to say a huge thanks for that link.

I was having *major* issues with getting my VPN client to work on my 3G card under Windows 7 64 bit - the Cisco client for Windows 7 works fine when I'm connected to a wired link, but I could *not* get it working on 3G.

I installed the Shrew client, imported my .pcf from my Cisco client, and it worked first go.

This is possibly the most useful hint I've ever received from these support forums - if I could vote you 10 stars I would!

Thanks again!


IAN WHITMORE Tue, 07/20/2010 - 09:31
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There is 64-bit client available. Failing that you can always use VPNC (sourceforge). It's excellent and doesn't require a firewall!

manish arora Tue, 07/20/2010 - 09:41
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I have used this client ( freeware ) with 64 bit vista , windows 7 & xp . works well -- no issues --- understands pcf file , works perfect with cisco ( tested on asa and 7204 ). Try  shrewsoft available for free at     .



forumdesai Mon, 11/15/2010 - 23:58
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BTW, I did try shreqsoft, and it worked perfectly for me.

Florin Barhala Sun, 01/09/2011 - 22:47
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You really managed to configure that client? What VPN Server you used: router or ASA?

Thomas Grassi Sun, 01/01/2012 - 09:18
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I have a different problem I cant get the cisco client becasue I do not have a service agreement with them

So I saw this and downloaded Shrew Net software

I keep getting this error trying to connect

server cert config failed

is that the .pcf file ?? is so where do I get a pcf file?


Thomas Grassi Mon, 01/02/2012 - 05:31
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Just tried OpenVPN

When I try to connect it asks for OpenVPN User Authentication

No maater what userid and passowrd I put in it fails

AUTH REceived AUTH Failed control message

I also noticed it is getting a ip address from somewhere not in my network

any ideas?


ebarticel Mon, 01/02/2012 - 21:01
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Sorry Tom,

OpenVPN doesn't work with Cisco VPN equipment, thats what I have read about.


Phillip Remaker Tue, 01/03/2012 - 12:46
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You might want to start a new thread since this thread is a different topic and the current thread is marked as answered.

That said, look at

When you start a new thread you need to tell us which Cisco product is used as the VPN Concentrator and how you have set up the authentication configuration.  Passwords?  Certs?  Group/XAuth?

sc456_cisco Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:58
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If anyone is looking for an up-to-date VPN Client solution you might want to check out TheGreenBow IPSEC VPN Client. It's got a free trial, supports Windows 8+ 32bit/64bit and is in active development.


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