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YOU CAN USE YOUR CAC WITH WINDOWS 7

 

YOU "MAY BE" ABLE TO USE YOUR CAC WITH WINDOWS 8

 

Installation Steps

Step 1: Obtain a CAC Reader
Step 2: CAC Reader driver / Video
Step 3: DoD Certificates / Video
Step 4: ActivClient / Video
Step 4a:  Update ActivClient
Step 5: IE Adjustments | Video
Log into a CAC enabled webpage now to test
Step 6: Lotus Forms / Video
Step 7: eSign / ApproveIt / Video

The Windows 7 Install is no different than it is for Vista, XP, or 8 / 8.1, so please use the Installation steps on the left.

 NOTICE:  Windows 7 / Internet Explorer 11 users will have to add their OWA / webmail server [or any other websites that are not working] to their "Compatibility View Settings" by following slides 19 & 20 in this guide.  You may then have to reinstall the S/MIME control.   

To use DTS on Windows 7 with IE 11, look here for instructions

If these ideas still don't work, you can remove the IE 11 update by following these instructions. (or this PDF)

You do have an another option if you have a PIV II compliant CAC.  Look on the back of the card (above the black magnetic strip).  There will see "GEMALTO TOP DL GX4 144," "GEMALTO DLGX4-A 144," "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual," or "G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2" (see examples below).  Since Windows 7 has a built in Smart Card utility, you "may" be able to use your CAC without the need of ActivClient.

image of 144 CAC GemaltoDLGX4-A 144 imageOberther 5.5 CAC image G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2

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Read more about the older CACs and replacing them

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Here are a few tweaks you may want to do to your Windows 7 computer

 

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