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· Where is the Fingerprint Software in Microsoft Windows?
· How to add new users and setup Logon for multiple users
· Skin variations for the fingerprint reader
· Fingerprint reader is not functioning properly
· How to replace power-on passwords with your fingerprint
· How to replace Windows logon
· Hibernation tips
· How to disable fingerprint reader
· How to switch to the regular Windows logon
· What happens when you disable the fingerprint reader in BIOS?
· How to use your Fingerprint to replace passwords for application and websites
· Do I have to be logged in as administrator to install the software?
· What applications can I control with the Fingerprint Reader?

 

Where is the Fingerprint Software in Microsoft Windows?

[Windows 7]

Below are two ways to start Fingerprint Software in Windows 7:

Expand or Collapse this section Launch Fingerprint Software from Lenovo Tool Box
 
Expand or Collapse this section Launch Fingerprint Software from Windows Control Panel
 

[Windows Vista/XP]

  1. Click Start menu -> All Programs.
  2. Select ThinkVantage.
  3. Select Lenovo Fingerprint Software or ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software.
How to add new users and setup Logon for multiple users

Note: Limited user privileges must be set to allow enroll fingerprints

To enable Limited user to allow enroll fingerprints:

  1. Login as Administrator.
  2. Launch Fingerprint Software.
  3. Authenticate with windows password.
  4. Click button Settings.
  5. Click User Privileges.
  6. Enable Allow users to enroll fingerprints.

To add new user:

  1. Login as user account.
  2. Start Fingerprint software.
  3. Authenticate with windows password
  4. Click an empty finger box to enroll finger.
  5. Follow instruction to swipe your fingers across fingerprint reader in smooth motion 3 times.
Skin variations for the fingerprint reader

If your hands are dry this may affect the responsiveness of the reader.

Note: Dry hands can lead to the reader not being able to detect a swipe. Additionally, excessive oils can lead to the slow down message even when you're swiping at a slow speed.

Fingerprint reader is not functioning properly

Several steps can be performed to resolve this problem.

  • Ensure your finger is at the same angle as it was during enrollment. Even moderate changes in finger angle during swipe can cause the "Match failed" error.
  • Delete and recreate fingerprints.
  • Clear Fingerprints data from BIOS.
  • Run the Diagnostic in Lenovo Solution Center.
  • Uninstall and reinstall software.
How to replace power-on passwords with your fingerprint

Note: To replace power-on passwords with your fingerprint, you must first enable this support in Fingerprint Software.

To enable power-on passwords replacement:

  1. Login as administrator.
  2. Start Fingerprint Software.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Authentication.
  5. Check Always show power-on Security Option if power-on passwords are not set.
  6. Check User fingerprint scan instead of power-on and hard drive passwords.
  7. Check enable single sign-on capability if you want to boot from power-on to windows without further fingerprint swipe or passwords.

To enable power-on replacement for fingerprint swipe:

  1. Start Fingerprint Software.
  2. Authenticate with password or enrolled fingerprint.
  3. Click the Power-on slot on the top of the enrolled fingerprint.
  4. Close Fingerprint settings and shutdown system.
  5. On the first reboot you will be asked for your password and fingerprints. The second time you reboot it will only require your fingerprint.

Note: If you have enrolled more than one finger, the first time you use that finger to replace the Power on Password Security you will also be asked for your password.

How to replace Windows logon

Note: If the Client Security Solution is installed, this option must be set through the Policy Manager in Client Security Solution.

If you are not using the Client Security Solution with your Fingerprint Reader:

  1. Start Fingerprint Software.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Authentication Settings.
  4. Check User Fingerprint scan instead of passwords when logging into Windows.
  5. Click OK.

If you are using the Client Security Software with your Fingerprint Reader:

  1. Click Start menu, then click Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Security.
  3. Select Lenovo's Enhanced Security.
  4. Enter your password and click OK.
  5. Click Menu Advanced and select Manage security policies.
  6. Select Setting the default policy in User Actions.
  7. Select Protect with a fingerprint in Security Policy.
  8. Select Log on to Windows in User Actions.
  9. Select User a default Security policy for this user action.
  10. Click OK.
    Note: A reboot is required for the change to take effect.
Hibernation tips

On resume from hibernation, you will have to authenticate yourself with your fingerprint when you get to the desktop, even if you have windows logon replacement enabled.

How to disable fingerprint reader

In Windows, in the settings section of the Fingerprint Control Center, uncheck Replace windows logon with fingerprint protected logon. In the Fingerprint section uncheck the Power-On Security section if the user has fingerprints enrolled there. You do not need to uninstall the software unless you wish to.

How to switch to the regular Windows logon

Note: If the Client Security Software is installed, this option must be set through the Administrator Console in the Windows Control Panel.

If you are not using the Client Security Software with your Fingerprint Reader:

  1. Start Fingerprint Software.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Authentication.
  4. Uncheck User fingerprint scan instead of password when logging into Windows
  5. Click Finish.

If you are using the Client Security Solution with your Fingerprint Reader:

Note: When Client Security Solution is installed and windows logon policy is set in Client Security Solution, windows logon replacement settings in Fingerprint Software will be ignored.

To start Client Security Solution:

[Windows XP/Vista]

  1. Click Start Menu
  2. Select All Program -> ThinkVantage -> Client Security Solution.

[Windows 7]

  1. Click Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Security.
  4. Click Lenovo's Enhanced Security.

To change windows logon policy setting in Client Security Solution:

  1. Start Client Security Solution.
  2. Enter your password and click OK.
  3. Select menu Advanced and select Manage security policies.
  4. Select Log on to Windows in User Actions.
  5. Select Disable Client Security logon interface in Security Policy.
  6. Click OK.
    Note: A reboot is required for the change to take effect.
What happens when you disable the fingerprint reader in BIOS?

You will have to override any fingerprint requests with a passphrase.

How to use your Fingerprint to replace passwords for application and websites

Password replacement for Windows applications such as Lotus Notes or websites such as Yahoo. Email is supported by Password Manager which is a component of Client Security Solution.

This can be done with the assistance of the Client Security Software. The security policy for Password Manager must be set to fingerprint authentication. See the Client Security Solution Administrator and User Guide on the next page for further details.

Do I have to be logged in as administrator to install the software?

Yes, you have to be logged on as an Adminstrator to install the software.

What applications can I control with the Fingerprint Reader?

When integrated with the Client Security Solution, the fingerprint reader can be used with any Password Manager aware application. Password Manager is a component of the Client Security Software. See the Client Security Solution Administrator and User Guide on the next page for further details.

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