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VPN - Connection Guide for Windows 8

This article explains how to install and use cVPN, the University of Chicago secure VPN, on a computer running Windows 8 Enterprise.

Windows 8 VPN Connection Guide

The first time you use the VPN, you must be logged into an admin account. If you do not have administrative rights on your computer you will not be able to download the software. Also, we recommend that you have the latest version of Java on your computer before installing the VPN. You can find out if you have the latest version and download a new version at

Using the VPN for the first time

  1. From the Windows 8 Start screen, open a web browser by clicking on the program icon, or selecting it from the Desktop.

  2. Point your browser to We highly recommend using Firefox rather than Explorer as your browser.

  3. Save the file and double-click to run the install program.

  4. Click Next on the welcome screen.

  5. Select the I accept radio button regarding the End-User License Agreement, then click Next.

  6. Click Install to begin the installation.

  7. Choose Yes if a dialog box appears asking permission to allow the program in install.
  8. Select Finish to exit the Setup Wizard.

  9. Click the lower left corner of the screen to return to the Start screen.
  10. Select the Cisco AnyConnect icon on the Start screen.

  11. Enter in the text field, then Connect.

  12. Log in with your CNetID and Password, then press OK.

  13. Press Accept.

  14. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client will be connected. To see details of the VPN connection, click the gear icon.

  15. To disconnect from the VPN, right-click the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select VPN Disconnect.

Subsequent times that you use the VPN:

  1. From the Windows 8 Start screen, select the Cisco AnyConnect Icon.

  2. Press Connect.

  3. Log in with your CNetID and Password, then press OK.

  4. Press Accept.

  5. The Cisco AnyConnect icon will display in the notification area (previously known as the system tray).anyconnecticon.png

For a full list of requirements and caveats, please visit Cisco's AnyConnect Release Notes webpage.

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Keywords:cvpn, cisco, anyconnect, enterprise, 8.1   Doc ID:27208
Owner:Brian N.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2012-11-02 11:08 CDTUpdated:2017-03-10 12:17 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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