Follow the steps below to install the Fingerprint Reader driver software on Windows 7 (32-bit).
Step 1. Download DigitalPersona Password Manager 2.0.1
Follow any of the download links below. I am including multiple links in case Microsoft removes the installer in the future (since the product itself has been discontinued).
Step 2. Run the installer (DPPM_201_ENG.exe)
Now run the installer you downloaded from within Windows 7. You'll get an error message from the "Program Compatibility Assistant" (PCA), similar to this one:
Click "Cancel". We're going to have to bypass the PCA to get this installer to run.
Step 3. Bypass PCA
We're going to disguise the identity of the installer so the PCA will allow it to run. How does Windows know in advance which programs might be incompatible? It contains a hard-coded list of ID numbers for programs that Microsoft or another manufacturer has flagged as potentially dangerous (either to your computer or to the company's profit margin). We can't modify that hard-coded list, but we can change the ID number that the installer reports to Windows.
i. Find and copy the installer MSI file
When you ran the DigitalPersona installer -- even though it did not fully launch -- it extracted another install file to your computer. The other install file is called WIS73ECBBAB86D84A32854CDCAF90E63AFE_2_0_1.MSI and is found in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Wise Installation Wizard folder. Locate the MSI file on your computer and copy it to your desktop (or another folder of your choice). You will be modifying this duplicate copy.
ii. Download and install Microsoft's Orca utility
Orca is a free utility distributed by Microsoft to make changes to MSI installer files. It's included as part of the Microsoft Windows SDK. Since the SDK is a huge download, it's easier to download Orca alone from one of these sources:
- orca.msi (Download site #1 - Technipages)
- orca.msi (Download site #2 - brentnorris.net)
- orca.msi (Download site #3 - Colligo)
iii. Modify the MSI installer file with Orca
Find the Orca program in your Start menu and run the program. In Orca, open the duplicate copy you made of the DigitalPersona MSI installer file (the one with the really long filename, not the orca.msi file). It will look like this:
Find and click on the "Property" table in the left-hand Tables list, then locate the "ProductCode" property in the right-hand Property list. The current value should be a long string of numbers and letters as shown in the picture above. Double-click the value for the ProductCode property to edit it. Change the last letter "E" to the letter "F" and hit Enter, so that the ProductCode now looks like this: <73ecbbab-86d8-4a32-854c-dcaf90e63aff>
Save the file
in Orca and close Orca. If you don't close Orca, you will not be able to proceed. That's all that is required; now that the installer has a slightly different product code, it will no longer match Windows' blacklist of dangerous programs.
iv. Open the modified MSI installer file
Now find the DigitalPersona MSI installer file you just modified on your computer and double-click it to open it. You should no longer receive a PCA error box. If you did, make sure you have closed Orca, make sure you are trying to run the correct file and double-check that you've completed these steps correctly.
Step 4. Complete the DigitalPersona installation
If you've followed the steps above, your DigitalPersona installer is now running. Make sure your fingerprint reader is plugged in. Click "Next" to proceed through the installation, but when you reach the last step, do not click Finish. Leave the installer running and do the following:
- Browse to the following folder in Windows Explorer: C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin
- Right-click DPAgnt.exe and open "Properties"
- Open the "Compatibility" tab
- Click "Change settings for all users"
- Under "Compatibility mode", check "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and choose "Windows Vista"
- There are 3 similar compatibility options listed: "Windows Vista", "Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)" and "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)". I used the regular "Windows Vista" option.
- Under "Privilege Level", check "Run this program as an administrator"
- Click OK to close the "Compatibility for all users" box
- Click OK to close the Properties box
- Repeat these steps for each of the other EXE files in the same folder:
Step 5. Make some post-install changes
Once Windows restarts, browse back to the C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin folder in Windows Explorer. Right-click DPAgnt.exe and open "Properties" to the "Compatibility" tab once more. Click "Change settings for all users" and under "Privilege Level", uncheck "Run this program as an administrator". Click OK to close the "Compatibility for all users" box and OK again to close the Properties box. Make the same change to DPConsol.exe in the same folder.
Now restart Windows again, or just log out and log back in if you prefer.
Step 6. Complete the fingerprint reader setup
When Windows starts back up, the fingerprint reader initial setup window should appear automatically. Follow the instructions to set up your Windows logon password, fingerprints, and so on. You should now be able to use the fingerprint reader normally to log in to Windows and automatically enter other passwords in Windows 7.
Microsoft Fingerprint Readers and 64-bit Windows