How to configure fingerprint Logon in Windows 7

by admin on May 16, 2012

We can log on to a Windows 7 computer with a finger swipe. The only thing you need to have on your laptop is a fingerprint scanning biometric device.  In this post we take you through how to configure finger print logon and the related settings for it.

1. First check if you have a biometric device detected by Windows 7.  Open Control panel -> Biometric devices. Your fingerprint scanning device should be listed here as shown below.

Fingerprint biometric device detected windows 7

2.  Click ‘Change biometric settings’. Ensure that biometrics is on and users are allowed to log on to both local computer and domain using biometric devices.

3. Come back to the biometric devices windows and click ‘Use your fingerprint with Windows‘. If you have already enrolled, the link will be displayed as ‘mange your fingerprint data‘(see the above pic).

4. The next steps will depend on your fingerprint device make. But typically you would need to provide your Windows login password and then get your finger prints scanned. On my ThinkPad laptop which has TouchChip fingerprint scanner, I had to do the following to enable fingerprint login.

  • Entered my account password.
  • Selected the finger I wanted to use for logon, did multiple finger swipes to feed in the finger prints.
  • Closed the finger print software application.

You will have to do similar steps on your Windows 7 computer. After doing these, you can see the status as ‘Enrolled‘ in the biometric devices window. From now on you can use fingerprint login as an alternative to password login.

How to disable fingerprint log on?

Open Biometric devices from Control panel. Go to ‘Change biometric settings’. Select ‘biometrics off

How to enable/disable finger print logon using group policy?

The group policy settings for biometric usage can be found in the below path.

Computer Configuration -> Administrative templates -> Windows components -> Biometric devices.

To disable fingerprint login, you can configure the setting ‘Allow users to log on using biometrics’ to disabled.

I can’t change biometric settings. On/Off buttons are greyed out.

It means that the settings are configured by administrator of the system/domain using group policies. If you are administrator of the local system, check the settings mentioned in the answer for the previous question.

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