Turning off Smart Cardplug and Play

On Windows 7 and later version, Plug and Play is activated for Smart Cards.  An administrator may want to turn off this feature to prevent installing unauthorized security devices, or to prevent user prompts.  To so do change the following group policy settings:

Group Policy Key Setting
Turn on Smart Card Plug and Play service



Turning off Smart Card PnP does not prevent installation of the minidriver via the installer application.  The installer can be run and will stage the smart card minidrivers, and these will be installed on the first insertion of the smart card.



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