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How can I use my Smart Card (CAC) to Logon to Windows 7? Is this a feature already integrated into Windows 7? Do I need a certain version of Windows 7 or third party app? As an alternative to using a password I'd like to be able to logon to my personal Windows 7 computer using my Gov. issued CAC. I tried google and searching for youtube how-to's but no luck. Is it so easy that it's not worth posting a step-by-step guide? Any help is appreciated.

I don't know if using a Smart Card to logon would be more secure than having a password, I just think it would be a neat way to logon since I have my CAC with me all the time. Thanks.

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I am pretty sure this is not possible. I think the CAC has some certificates that are stored in AD for the government systems. I myself have wondered this myself. I mainly use the CAC for VPN nothing else.
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Hello,

From looking at [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Access_Card]Wikipedia[/url] and the [url=http://www.cac.mil/]CAC[/url] home page, I don't think the Department of Defense is going to let you use your smart card to log into your personal computer. You could obtain a USB- or ExpressCard-based smart card adapter and use another smart card to login, or if you don't want to carry another card, perhaps add a fingerprint reader. [url="http://www.authentec.com/Products/TouchChips/USBReaders.aspx"]AuthenTec[/url] (formerly UPEK) makes a number of USB-based readers. I've been using the original Eikon model with [url=http://www.microsoft.com/][color=blue][u]Microsoft[/u][/color][/url] [url=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/][color=blue][u]Windows[/u][/color][/url] [url=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7][color=blue][u]7[/color][/u][/url] x64 SP1 and it works quite well.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Get a look at EIDAuthenticate which allows smart card on stand alone computer.It's working with the CAC smart card.
You can download the community edition for free : http://www.mysmartlogon.com/products/eidauthenticate.html
regards,
Vincent

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[quote name='goretsky' timestamp='1339916512' post='594938007']
Hello,

From looking at [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Access_Card"]Wikipedia[/url] and the [url="http://www.cac.mil/"]CAC[/url] home page, I don't think the Department of Defense is going to let you use your smart card to log into your personal computer. You could obtain a USB- or ExpressCard-based smart card adapter and use another smart card to login, or if you don't want to carry another card, perhaps add a fingerprint reader. [url="http://www.authentec.com/Products/TouchChips/USBReaders.aspx"]AuthenTec[/url] (formerly UPEK) makes a number of USB-based readers. I've been using the original Eikon model with [url="http://www.microsoft.com/"][color=blue][u]Microsoft[/u][/color][/url] [url="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/"][color=blue][u]Windows[/u][/color][/url] [url="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7"][color=blue][u]7[/u][/color][/url] x64 SP1 and it works quite well.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
[/quote]

Authentec got bought out by Apple, and in typical apple fashion, stopped selling anything.

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