How to Disable Smart Card Security on My HP Compaq 6910P

Written by jason artman
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The HP Compaq 6910p is a notebook computer available in configurations including either Windows Vista or Windows XP. Both of these operating systems have a background process enabling the support of "smart cards," electronic memory cards that some businesses use to manage computer security. If this service is enabled, it runs automatically, even if the computer has no smart card reader installed. By disabling this process on your HP Compaq 6910p, you can free up a small amount of RAM and potentially decrease the amount of time needed for the computer to start up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and then click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click "Switch to Classic View" on the left side of the screen in Windows XP or "Classic View" in Windows Vista.

  3. 3

    Double-click "Administrative Tools."

  4. 4

    Double-click "Services." The "Services" window displays all of the automatic and manual Windows background services included with your operating system.

  5. 5

    Double-click "Smart Card."

  6. 6

    Click the "Startup Type" drop-down menu and select "Disabled."

  7. 7

    Click the "Stop" button to disable the Smart Card security service immediately.

  8. 8

    Click "OK."

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