The Windows Certificate Propagation Service is a component of the Windows operating system that enables users to log in to their computer with Smart Cards. Very few companies and almost no individuals use this feature of Windows. When the service is running, it disrupts the communication to the NFC reader, making the GoToTags Encoder and GoToTags Windows App unusable. On Windows 10 if the service is running and an NFC tag is placed on the NFC reader, you will hear a Windows beep; this is Windows trying to install a smart card device.
The GoToTags software attempts to stop this service on startup; sometimes it is unable to stop the service. It is best to disable this service manually.
Note: Admin privileges of the computer are required to perform these steps. If you are not an admin, please forward this page to your system administrator.
How to Permanently Disable the Windows Certificate Propagation Service
- Stop and disable the service in the Services control panel (video and screenshot below)
- Use Group Policy to prevent the service from starting again (steps below)
How to disable the Windows Certificate Propagation Service
Screenshot of stopped and disabled service
Use Group Policy to Prevent Service from Starting
Group Policy can be used to prevent the Windows Certificate Propagation service from starting when an NFC tag is placed on the reader.
- Ensure the service is stopped and disabled (see steps above)
- Open the Group Policy Editor
- Click Windows Start button
- Type “Edit group policy”
- Select to open
- Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Smart Card
- Edit the setting Turn on certificate propagation from smart card
- Set value to Disabled
- Click OK to save and close group Policy Editor