This article describes the "Interactive logon: Require smart card" security setting in Microsoft Windows XP.
After you apply the update that is included in this article, you can configure the "Interactive logon: Require smart card" setting to control whether users have to use a smart card to log on to the computer. You can use Group Policy to apply this setting to Windows XP-based computers in your domain environment, or you can apply this setting locally.
To configure the "Interactive logon: Require smart card" setting on the local computer:
- Open the appropriate policy object, expand Computer Configuration, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Security Settings.
- Expand Local Policies, and then click Security Options.
- In the right pane, double-click Interactive logon: Require smart card.
- Use one of the following methods:
- To specify that users can log on to the computer only by using a smart card, click Enabled.
- To specify that users can log on to the computer by using any method, click Disabled.
Note By default, the "Interactive logon: Require smart card" setting is disabled.
- Click OK.
Service pack information
This feature is available in the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
A supported feature that modifies the default behavior of the product is available from Microsoft. However, this feature is intended to modify only the behavior that this article describes. Apply this feature only to systems that specifically require it. This feature might receive additional testing. Therefore, if the system is not severely affected by the lack of this feature, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this feature.
If the feature is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the feature. Note
If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific feature. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note
The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the feature is available. If you do not see your language, it is because the feature is not available for that language.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone
tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name
19-Jan-2004 21:39 5.1.2600.1333 971,264 Msgina.dll
15-Jan-2004 21:59 5.1.2600.1332 586,752 Xpsp2res.dll
16-Jan-2004 18:31 16,707 Sceregvl.inf
16-Jan-2004 18:31 8,267 Secrecs.inf
Windows XP, 64-bit edition
Date Time Version Size File name
19-Jan-2004 19:28 5.1.2600.1333 1,271,296 Msgina.dll IA-64
19-Jan-2004 21:39 5.1.2600.1333 971,264 Wmsgina.dll x86
15-Jan-2004 21:59 5.1.2600.1332 586,752 Wxpsp2res.dll x86
15-Jan-2004 21:59 5.1.2600.1332 586,240 Xpsp2res.dll IA-64
16-Jan-2004 18:28 16,707 Sceregvl.inf
16-Jan-2004 18:28 8,267 Secrecs.inf
Because of file dependencies, this hotfix requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1).
For additional information about standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates