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This article shows you how to permanently disable the driver signature application on Windows 10/8/7. Driver Signing is the process of linking a digital signature to a set of drivers. Windows device installations use digital signatures to verify the integrity of driver packages and the identity of the provider that provides the driver packages.
Drivers that you normally install from Windows Update, original equipment manufacturers or third-party driver download software, etc. on your computer must be verified by Microsoft using a digital signature. This is an electronic safety mark that certifies the transmitter for the driver and all related information. If a driver is not certified by Microsoft, Window will not run it on a 32-bit or 64-bit system. This is called applying the driver’s signature.
Windows 10 loads only digitally signed kernel mode drivers from the Dev portal. However, changes only affect new operating system installations with Secure Boot enabled. New installations that are not updated require drivers signed by Microsoft.
However, you can disable driver signature execution if you wish. Let’s see how it goes.
Disable driver signature under Windows 10
You have three options,
- Use Advanced Start Menu
- Enable Test Signing Mode
- Disable device driver signature.
Use the Advanced Start Menu
Press and hold Shift while selecting Restart in Windows. Your computer restarts with advanced options. From the list of displayed options, select Tile Troubleshooting.
Then select Advanced Options and click the Start Settings tile.
Then select the Restart button to restart your PC from the’Start Settings’ screen.
When restarting, the following screen appears. Press button 7 to activate the option Disable driver signature enforcement.
Once this operation is complete, your PC restarts with the driver signature disabled and you can install unsigned drivers.
The next time you restart your computer, the driver’s signature will be disabled.
2] Disable device driver signature
Run command prompt as administrator and execute the following command:
bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on
This automatically disables the driver signature application on your device.
To enable this function, you must execute the following command in a raised cmd window:
bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off
To do this, Secure Boot Policy must be disabled.
If you decide to quit this mode, execute the following command :
bcdedit /set testsigning from
I hope this works for you.
3] Enable test signature mode
If you enable the first option, the driver signature is successfully disabled until you exit test mode. To enable this option, you must open the command prompt with administrator rights. To do this, enter CMD in the search field, right-click on’Command prompt’ and select’Run as administrator’.
Then insert the following command into the command prompt window and press Enter :
bcdedit /set testsigning on
If a message appears on the screen saying : The value is protected by the Secure Boot policy, i.e. Secure Boot is enabled for your computer’s UEFI firmware. Disable it in your computer’s UEFI Firmware Settings to enable test signature mode via advanced boot options.
Restart your computer to enter test mode. A test mode watermark should be visible in the lower right corner of the screen. When you see this, it displays no restrictions for installing unsigned or unchecked drivers.
You should be aware that the driver’s signature is a security feature that protects your system, and you should reactivate it as soon as possible.