Configuring opensc-tools under Windows XP

Wow, there sure have been a lot of Windows related posts lately.

But there is a reason for that... At the moment our local goverment is using a proprietary driver to handle the drivers for the smart card reader. We wish to use an open-source driver that can do exactly the same job and that is freely availble under all major platforms. In comparison the driver being used now is over 60MB while the OpenSC driver is just under 3MB. Now before we can propose this we need to thoroughly test everything. I spent some time recently testing under Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8, since most citizens will be using one of these variations when accessing eGovernment services. To put it short the installation is really easy, only thing to note is where the DLL's are getting placed and to select the "Complete" option at the installation screen. After this another useful feature to use can be found in the "tools" folder under the installation directory. Adding the path to the system variables enables you to run all opensc caommands from the command line. Changing the PIN number is a useful feature and can be accomplished with these tools.

Setting the system variable like in the above screenshot to ;C:\Program Files\OpenSC Project\OpenSC\tools the  does the job:

Now the system is ready to use the commands without traversing to the "tools" directory but simply opening a prompt:

So I am happy to say that all is working well under Windows XP, Firefox works prefectly and the next important functionality like resetting the PIN is also working flawlessly using Free Software :)

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