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Cisco VPN Error 442 Unable to Enable Virtual Adapter

April 15, 2012

Wasted about 2 hours of my time with this, so I’d like to spare you the same frustration.

  1. Go to “Start > Run”
  2. Type “cmd” to open the command prompt
  3. Paste the line below to disable the  “Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)”  (saving you the usual multiple button clicking hunt on Windows)
    sc stop SharedAccess
  4. Now open Cisco VPN and it should work.


From → tech-tips

  1. Kate permalink

    Thank you so much!! I’ve spent so much time trying to figure this out, and this was such an easy solution. I appreciate your willingness to share it!!

  2. Tim permalink

    What else will work if you already have ICS disabled and still get the same error?

  3. JohnW permalink

    You saved me !! great job, and great decision to share your experience

  4. Rusty permalink

    brilliant. Thanks bro

  5. Lalit permalink

    Thanks a ton as it works for me

  6. Za ppl permalink

    Worked!, thanks.

  7. You are a god.

  8. Rahul permalink

    Thanks a lot:)

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