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Windows 7: Password vs fingerprint logon

10 Apr 2010   #1
MartinO

Windows XP/7 dual boot
 
 
Password vs fingerprint logon

Hi everybody,

this is my first post here so please don't bitch if I didn't hit the right place for my question

I am having a laptop here (DELL Studio 1735) on which Windows 7 runs in dual boot mode with the (originally) installed Vista, both Home Premium versions and working with the integrated Authentec AES2810 fingerprint reader with no problem.

My question is now, how can I get W7 to the same kind of logon screen, showing both this laptop's only user's password and fingerprint logon icon next to each other, like Vista does it?

In W7 those are different logon screens between which I can only "switch users", as if W7 considers the password logon with <Username> a different account than the fingerprint logon which it calls <Fingerprint>.

When I look into the W7 User Accounts though, there is just one user account, which is an Administrator type, just like in Vista. And in both OS, the fingerprints were registered under the only users account.

How can I tweak W7 like Vista here? Somewhere else I read the tip to do this through secpol.msc, but that exists in the Professional and Ultimate versions only, not HP.

Thanks for your time guys!


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11 Apr 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MartinO View Post
Hi everybody,

this is my first post here so please don't bitch if I didn't hit the right place for my question

I am having a laptop here (DELL Studio 1735) on which Windows 7 runs in dual boot mode with the (originally) installed Vista, both Home Premium versions and working with the integrated Authentec AES2810 fingerprint reader with no problem.

My question is now, how can I get W7 to the same kind of logon screen, showing both this laptop's only user's password and fingerprint logon icon next to each other, like Vista does it?

In W7 those are different logon screens between which I can only "switch users", as if W7 considers the password logon with <Username> a different account than the fingerprint logon which it calls <Fingerprint>.

When I look into the W7 User Accounts though, there is just one user account, which is an Administrator type, just like in Vista. And in both OS, the fingerprints were registered under the only users account.

How can I tweak W7 like Vista here? Somewhere else I read the tip to do this through secpol.msc, but that exists in the Professional and Ultimate versions only, not HP.

Thanks for your time guys!
It may be as simple as a driver. Can you go into device manager (type device manager in search) and look to see if the reader is listed. Also check to see if there are any "unknown" devices (they have yellow triangles on them). Let us know the results.

Ken
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11 Apr 2010   #3
MartinO

Windows XP/7 dual boot
 
 

Thanks, but it's not the driver. Not only because that would be one of the things I'd have checked first, but also like I said, the fingerprint reader is basically working fine, and properly listed as a biometric device. I had even checked if the driver was the latest available, which it seems like (Nov 2009)

EDIT: and I think if there was an issue with the driver, the fingerprint logon option would not even be available. As for a possible solution, I was rather hoping for like, some advice to specific registry entries as to user account control etc..
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13 Apr 2010   #4
MartinO

Windows XP/7 dual boot
 
 

Tons of views, but no other ideas? Come on guys, you can do better.. no?!
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14 Apr 2010   #5
Penguin

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi
MartinO may seem a simple thing but have you checked your Biometric settings within Win7?

Control Panel - Hardware & Sound - Biometric Devices.
There is an option on the left- Change biometric settings.
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14 Apr 2010   #6
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Not for nothing, but most fingerprint readers that come w/ your computer are pretty easy to crack.
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14 Apr 2010   #7
Teko

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Same question here.
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15 Apr 2010   #8
MartinO

Windows XP/7 dual boot
 
 

Penguin: nah that option is only good to turn the device on or off. Turning it off leads to loss of any fingerprint data stored also.

I was thinking, in Vista I am additionally using the DigitalPersona (ver. 4.02) that came with the laptop. Does that do anything related to the logon screen? But I don't think so. I guess it only hooks the fingerprint id option to password protected websites.

notsograymatter: that may be but on this laptop it is basically used to skip the password typing.
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08 Jun 2010   #9
infomike

win 7
 
 

Hey,

You could try this article which I found useful during setup: Enable Logon Using Biometric Fingerprint Reader in Windows 7 x86 & x64

Hope it helps,
Mike


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MartinO View Post
Hi everybody,

this is my first post here so please don't bitch if I didn't hit the right place for my question

I am having a laptop here (DELL Studio 1735) on which Windows 7 runs in dual boot mode with the (originally) installed Vista, both Home Premium versions and working with the integrated Authentec AES2810 fingerprint reader with no problem.

My question is now, how can I get W7 to the same kind of logon screen, showing both this laptop's only user's password and fingerprint logon icon next to each other, like Vista does it?

In W7 those are different logon screens between which I can only "switch users", as if W7 considers the password logon with <Username> a different account than the fingerprint logon which it calls <Fingerprint>.

When I look into the W7 User Accounts though, there is just one user account, which is an Administrator type, just like in Vista. And in both OS, the fingerprints were registered under the only users account.

How can I tweak W7 like Vista here? Somewhere else I read the tip to do this through secpol.msc, but that exists in the Professional and Ultimate versions only, not HP.

Thanks for your time guys!
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