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Windows 7: HP SimplePass / Authentec SimplePass fingerprint reader

09 Feb 2013   #1

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
HP SimplePass / Authentec SimplePass fingerprint reader

warning   Warning
This procedure is only tested on an HP machine with:
-- Validity Sensor (WBF) (PID=0018) and
-- Authentec SimplePass software.

Other hardware sensors and software was included on various HP machines
** Uninstalling the hardware and software will erase existing passwords and configuration.

Modifying only the XML file without updating the hardware and software was not tested.

The fingerprint software and hardware on my HP DV6 worked fairly well with one nagging issue. The sensor light would continue to blink for a long time after reading an enrolled finger for the password of the task (login, application, website). Often it would continuously blink.

Authentec no longer supports SimplePass, other than self support of the July 2012 release. The website states that Authentec was acquired, but not much else. Furthermore it isn't clear if all of Authentec was acquired or if only the fingerprint portion of their business was sold off.

HP does offer an updated hardware driver and updated software for SimplePass. Unfortunately, the newer versions are not on the support pages specific to my machine. I eventually found the updates in a round about way, Google searches took me to a few sites which led me back to HP; I almost never use an unknown or third-party site for updates unless the machine is very old.

Tip   Tip
If you have extensively configured SimplePass with many passwords, applications, and websites
-- you could try making only the XML modification.
  1. Uninstall:
    • In Device manager:
      • expand Biometric Devices,
      • right click Validity Sensors (WBF)
      • select Uninstall
    • In Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features
      • Uninstall HP SimplePass
  2. Update:
  3. Modification:
    • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass\ (or to the folder you installed the update)
    • rename NoMatchLED.xml to NoMatchLED_orig.xml
    • edit NoMatchLED_orig.xml
    • change all occupancies of duration="120" to duration="20"
      Note   Note
      if you did not update SimplePass, the XML file might not exist (you will have to update to apply this modifcation) or the duration might be different.
      Look for a large duration and trim it down to what you find acceptable. Durations are defined in seconds, 120 = 2 minutes)
    • save the modified XML file as NoMatchLED.xml in C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass\
      Tip   Tip
      if you get an access denied
      -- save the modified XML file as NoMatchLED.xml in your downloads folder
      -- move downloads\NoMatchLED.xml to C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass\
That's it.

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