The EgisTec ES603 is an affordable fingerprint reader (at just $14 (opens in new tab)) that can work with Windows Hello in Windows 10, but it doesn't work with Microsoft's security feature out-of-the-box. Thankfully, it's a relatively easy fix to get the two working together and your fingerprints logging you in on a daily basis.
The ES603 doesn't work right away with Windows Hello because a compatible driver doesn't come preinstalled in Windows 10. If you just plug the fingerprint reader into a USB port, you'll notice that Windows Hello will not be an option under Control Panel's sign-in options. Here's how to make the two work together for peaceful and easy log-in harmony:
Your EgisTec ES603 might have come with a CD containing drivers and software for it. Throw it out, we're going to get the latest version from online. Oddly enough, EgisTec hasn't made their drivers available on their own website, but you can get it from any of the PC manufacturers that have built their tech into their laptops. We're going to use Acer's copy of the driver for the TravelMate P446-M — don't worry, this driver will work just fine regardless of what computer you're using.
- Head to the Acer support website (opens in new tab) in your browser of choice.
- Under "Or select my product from a list", choose notebook.
- Select TravelMate in the next column.
- Scroll down the third list and select "TravelMate P446-M".
- Download the Fingerprint Driver by STMicro.
- Install the downloaded driver.
- Open Cortana (Windows Key + Q).
- Type in "Windows Hello".
- Select "Set up face sign-in".
- Select "Add" under Fingerprint.
- Run through the Windows Hello wizard.
You should now be all set and ready to start scanning. Give it a go by signing out and trying to use the reader.
Remember it requires a swipe motion and won't work if you simply rest your finger on the device itself. It takes some time getting used to it, and you will likely fail at scanning your own finger a occasionally. Fall back on your set security PIN should Windows lock you out over too many failed attempts.
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I'm sure I bought this ans could never find the drivers. Will have to dig it out tonight and see if I can get it working of its that model. It looks like it at least!
I've been using this device for four weeks now, it really works great with Windows Hello. I can't wait for Edge to get some Windows Hello integration so I can log into websites using my fingerprint.
It's got it in the Anniversary Update, but you just need to find a site that supports it. Microsoft have a demo page that works to sign you into your Microsoft Account, unfortunately they haven't implemented this in their production systems yet for things like OneDrive etc. Really works well though, I tried their demo on my Lumia 950.
The Microsoft apps like Azure AD, OneDrive, and Sway have Windows Hello support. I have been using it to protect my stuff on those apps on my Surface Pro 4, Surface 3, and Lumia 950.
Do you mean when logging into those accounts in Edge?
oh no. I have the apps installed on the device.
If I do indeed have the model mentioned (pretty sure this is the one I bought and couldn't find drivers for) then I'm going to stick this under my desk plugged into a USB extender to my desktop PC Then I can just do a little swipe on the bottom side of the desk and be signed in. A PIN isn't that big of a deal to enter but a swipe is even easier assuming it's accurate. Then I just need the SP4 Type Cover w/ Fingerprint reader for my Pro 3 and I will be all in with Windows Hello on my devices.
I got a fingerprint reader a while ago, and it was horrible. After the latest build, it's been flawless
this product is not on amazon, and not on newegg. Where are people buying it ?
ah, clicked the link in the article and it goes to amazon "Andoer USB Biometric Fingerprint Reader"
Found mine and it looks identical to the picture. Going to give it a go now. If it does work now that I have the right driver I might order another for the office that I can leave connected to the Surface dock on my desk as I don't have the keyboard with fingerprint reader
CDN$ 17.16 at Amazon.ca. Ordered 2 of them!
It worked! A bit hit and miss with accuracy but it might work better if I secure it to the desk and do the setup with it in that exact position. If I do like it I might invest more in a more accurate reader. Is there one in particular that Windows Central recommends for better accuracy?
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