How to Disable SimplePass

by Randall Blackburn
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HP SimplePass can be disabled in the Biometric Settings menu in Windows 8. SimplePass is a proprietary biometric software application specific to HP computers that enables a user to log in to Windows, Facebook, email accounts and Web applications by swiping his finger over a fingerprint reader installed on the computer. For HP computers that ship with fingerprint readers, HP SimplePass is installed by default. You can disable the software without completely uninstalling the feature.

Step 1

Right-click in the lower left corner of the Windows 8 desktop to display a context menu.

Step 2

Click the “Control Panel” option to launch the Control Panel applet.

Step 3

Click the “Biometric Devices” option to open the Device menu for the fingerprint reader.

Step 4

Tap “Change Biometric Settings.” The Biometrics Settings menu opens.

Step 5

Click the check box next to the “Allow Users to Log On to Windows Using Their Fingerprints” to uncheck the option and disable fingerprint authentication.

Click the radio button next to the “Biometrics Off” option to disable SimplePass for all users and delete all Biometrics data.


  • You can also perform a search for “Biometric Devices” from the Windows Charms bar to locate the configuration settings for the HP SimplePass fingerprint-reader application.


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About the Author

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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