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I guess that we could somehow expect that are going to be a lot of issues trying to run existing products on Microsoft's latest Windows platform. So far I have tested 3 online banking solutions offered in Belgium and so far there was only 1 of them that works flawlessly in Windows Vista.

So like I mentioned I tested 3 online banking solutions:

  1. KBC Online
  2. Dexia Direct Net
  3. Fortis PC Banking

1. KBC Online

With KBC Online I tried to import an existing key and that's where the problem start. Under normal conditions importing a key will result in the creating of a BCM file in the \Program Files\ directory. This does not work in Windows Vista thanks to the new security features. Running Windows Internet Explorer as an administrator is a possible workaround but not recommended. A better solution would be if the people from the KBC created the BCM file in the user profile's directory where it belongs in the first place. Anyway I have reported this issue.

2. Dexia Direct Net

When you click on the link to start Dexia Direct Net it will open a new windows but the page cannot be retrieved. I have tried running Windows Internet Explorer as an administrator and I have even tried disabling UAC. I had to install Firefox to be able to use Dexia Direct Net so maybe this is not directly a Windows Vista issue. I will try this on a seperate machine running Windows XP + IE 7 to see if the problem lays with IE7. Reporting this problem cannot be done using an online form but I will contact the helpdesk tomorrow during the office hours.

3. Fortis PC Banking

Last but certainly not least is the PC Banking solution provided by Fortis. This one works without any issues, you don't need to run IE as an admin and you don't need to disable UAC.


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006 8:03 PM Windows Vista | Back to top


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you can change the path to the bcm.ini file yourself. Put it in a folder with the correct security settings. I gave all right to everyone. I also putted the key file in that folder. It seems to work most of the times. Now I just need to figure out under what user IE and java is executed. 'cause it is executed under a verry restricted user so no website can affect your system. Anyway.. If I find out what user that is.. I can give that user rights to that folder instead of all rights to everyone.
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