Biometric Devices control panel

Updated: August 23, 2010

The Biometric Devices control panel is the primary interface for configuring the Windows Biometric Framework (WBF). This topic describes this control panel.

This information applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 7

The Biometric Devices control panel presents various tasks to the user, including:

  • Viewing the status of a specific device. A device can have a status of:
    • Unavailable
    • Not enrolled
    • Enrolled
    • Enrollment in progress
  • Viewing and changing settings through the Change Settings page, including:
    • Enable/Disable Biometrics.
    • Enable/Disable Local Logon for local accounts.
    • Enable/Disable Domain Logon for domain accounts.
  • Launching third-party FMAs through the Manage your fingerprint data link.

The following screenshot shows the Biometric Devices control panel.

Biometric Devices control panel

The Biometric Devices control panel is available if a fingerprint device with a WBDI driver is installed on a computer running Windows 7. A user can discover the Biometric Devices control panel by browsing the Windows Control Panel. The Biometric Devices control panel is included under the Hardware and Sound category as shown in the following figure.

If a WBDI driver has never been installed, the Biometric Devices control panel will not be shown.

Biometric Devices category on the Hardware and Sound page

Alternatively, a user can find the Biometric Devices control panel through desktop search, as shown in the following figure.

Locating the Biometric Devices control panel through desktop search

For more information about the new features for how users discover and use devices that are connected to their PC that are running Windows 7, see Windows 8.1 device experience.

Related topics

Designing Windows Biometric Framework Fingerprint Management Applications

 

 

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