Hotfix is available that adds support for NIST SP 800-73-3 specification in Windows 7

This article describes an available hotfix that adds support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-73-3 specification in Windows 7. This hotfix improves features for smart card–related Plug and Play and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) standards from the NIST. This hotfix supports the Key History object that is described in section 3.2.7 of the NIST SP 800-73-3 Part1 specification. The Key History object does not support the following in this hotfix:
  • Discontinued keys that have off-card certificates.
  • Key archival by using the smart card. Therefore, the following operations are not available:
    • Imports of key material to a discontinued key container.
    • Imports of certificates for a key in a discontinued key container.
    • Requests for the card to generate a key pair for a discontinued key container.
    • Changes to the Key History object


  • Currently, Windows 7 only supports the capabilities of NIST SP 800-73-2 for PIV smart cards.
  • According to NIST SP 800-73-3 Part1, the container name changes of a Key Management key is archived to a discontinued container. If a smart card was previously used on a computer, the smart card must be inserted into the computer before the smart card tries to use the key. This allows for the computer to recognize the new container name and find the certificate. If you do not insert the smart card, you will be unable to successfully select the certificate from a selection dialog box.
More information

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.1.760 0.16xxxWindows 7RTMGDR
    6.1.760 1.22xxxWindows 7SP1LDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
For more information about NIST SP 800-73-3 Part1, download the following document.
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-smartcardplugins_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22235_none_1de8dab196c60170.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size3,538
Date (UTC)28-Jan-2013
Time (UTC)11:51
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-smartcardsubsystem_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22235_none_1a79886ce1621775.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size35,048
Date (UTC)28-Jan-2013
Time (UTC)18:35
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-smartcardplugins_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22235_none_7a0776354f2372a6.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size3,540
Date (UTC)28-Jan-2013
Time (UTC)12:41
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-smartcardsubsystem_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22235_none_769823f099bf88ab.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size35,054
Date (UTC)28-Jan-2013
Time (UTC)18:39
PlatformNot applicable
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-smartcardsubsystem_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22235_none_80ecce42ce204aa6.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size24,977
Date (UTC)28-Jan-2013
Time (UTC)11:38
PlatformNot applicable

Article ID: 2797822 - Last Review: 03/13/2013 06:58:00 - Revision: 1.0

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