Question about smart card readers

Im sure I know the answer to this question already but I just want to check.

I have a client who uses some software which needs access to a smartcard reader and smartcard to verify that they have a valid licence.

We are moving over to 64bit version of Windows and I am unable to find a 64 bit driver for the current smart card reader.

I am going to purchase a new reader. Im thinking perhaps this one - from Amazon.

I presume any smart card reader will do the job here.#

Can anyone conform this please.
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
normally it should not depend on a special smart card reader - it depends on the used smart card specification ( - but I assume that you have a standard-conform smart card hence the above mentioned reader should do the job.


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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
It is can do USB Plug and Play installation and driver should already be available in newer OS. Otherwise, can grab it from the site ( it also contain both 32 and 64 bits once you downloaded the drivers
RT-SCR1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Windows XP_Visa_Win7 Drivers for Smart card reader
RT-SCR1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 CCID Drivers for Smart card reader

Just to add that in newer Windows OS for minidriver support
The Windows Smart Card Framework was improved in Windows 7 to enable the automatic downloading of smart card minidrivers from Windows Update or from other similar locations such as a WSUS server when the smart card is inserted into the reader. All smart cards that successfully pass the logo requirements, as published by the Windows Logo Program, benefit from this feature.

However, if the software that is required to use a smart card in Windows is not logoed or is of a type that differs from a minidriver, such as a PKCS#11 driver, a custom CSP, middleware, or an ActiveX control, the automatic download option fails because Microsoft certifies only smart card minidrivers
Any old card reader unless bad has its drivers installed from the newer OS and is readable by newer PCs without issues.
The condition of the smart card reader, or any flash memory used in the card reader may cause data transfer failure.

Read about "weak contacts"

Some content:

It probably has what is called "weak contacts"

Try cleaning USBs contacts with a dry cotton ear cleaner ( cotton-bud / tip )

Cleaning them may work or gently inserting and removing USB many times may get it to become  recognized...if so back-up data & replace the flash it will always now have "weak contacts" and not be reliable.

Are you using a quality memory card?
There are fake cards also faulty cards being sold online, and rarely even a quality card can have "weak contacts"
A bad card will result in failure to transfer data resulting in data loss or corruption.

Hpe ths hlps
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
I'd contact the original card vendor in the first place to see what they recommend.
I would have thought the 32 bit drivers would be fine as well.
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