Friday, 10 November 2017

How to Disable Driver Signature Verification/Enforcement on Windows 8 or 10

Disabling Signed Driver Enforcement on Windows 8/10

If you have been used to the regular window 7 you may have not had the need for any disabling of driver enforcement. Windows 8 and Window 10 imposes some strict limitations on installing an unsigned driver. 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and 8 include a “driver signature enforcement” feature. This Windows will only load drivers that have been signed by Microsoft. To install less-than-official drivers, old unsigned drivers, or drivers you’re developing yourself, you’ll need to disable driver signature enforcement.

With Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, Microsoft tightened the screws even further. But you can avoid the more restrictive driver-signing requirements by disabling Secure Boot.Therefore, to install unsigned drivers you require some extra steps before the installation to be successful.

Note: Microsoft isn’t just trying to make your Things hard for there users. Driver signing enforcement feature ensures that only drivers that have been sent to Microsoft for signing will load into the Windows kernel. This is to prevent malware from burrowing into the Windows kernel.

Therefore, Disable driver signing will enable you to install all kind of driver on your window 8 and 10 but may you, be sure on what you are really installing on your PC.

How to Disable Driver Signature Verification on 64-Bit Windows 8 or 10

After taking you through why window decides to apply driver signature verification now, you let take you through the various way or method of disabling driver signature verification on window 8 and 10.

Disable Driver Signature Verification through Troubleshoot

The easy way to disable driver signature enforcement is to use troubleshoot mode on the window 8/10, However, There are many ways to get into Troubleshoot.To boot your Windows 10/8.1/8 in troubleshoot mode follow this simple steps as outlined below.
  • Click on “Restart” from the power options menu or the Start menu and hold down the “Shift” key at the same time.
  • Once the computer has rebooted, you will be able to choose the Troubleshoot option.
You can also boot to troubleshoot by using Windows key + R to bring up the Run box, try shutdown/r/o and hit Enter, click “Close” to sign off and then you can choose the Troubleshoot option when the computer has rebooted.

  • Select “Advanced options” and “Startup Settings”.

  • You need to restart you computer one last time to modify boot time configuration settings.
  • You will be given a list of startup settings, including “Disable driver signature enforcement”. To choose the setting, you need to press F7 key.
Now, you have successfully disabled your driver signature enforcement on your window 8/8.1/10.

Note: you have to follow this procedure whenever you want to install another driver after you make a restart of the PC.

If you are using Windows 7, XP and Vista, you can continuously press during boot-up to get to Advanced Boot options in after the BIOS (on some other systems, you need to first press to go into Boot Menu and then press to reach Advanced Boot options). When the menu pops up, use the Down arrow key to scroll to “Disable driver signature enforcement” and press “Enter”. Continue the boot process.

Disable Driver Signature Verification on Windows 8 or 10 using the Test Signing Mode

You can disable drive enforcement on window 8/8.1/10 using the Windows “Test Mode” or “Test Signing” Mode feature.To Enable this mode and disable driver signature enforcement in Test Mode..

To do this You’ll see a “Test Mode” watermark appear at the bottom right corner of your desktop near your clock, informing you that Test Mode is enabled.

Now, to go into test mode you have to run a command as an Administrator on Command Prompt by right-clicking the Start button or press Windows+X and select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

Paste the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter:
bcdedit /set testsigning on
If a message appears saying the value is “protected by Secure Boot policy”, this means that the Secure Boot is enabled in your computer’s UEFI firmware setting. You’ll need to disable Secure Boot in your computer’s UEFI firmware (also known as its BIOS) to enable test signing mode.

Now, Restart your computer to enter test mode. You’ll see the “Test Mode” watermark appear at the bottom right corner of your desktop and you’ll be free to install whatever unsigned drivers you want.
To exit test mode, open a Command Prompt window as Administrator once again and run the following command:
bcdedit /set testsigning off
NOTE:  This method disable the driver enforcement verification completely on your window 8/8.1/10. So if you want to disable this permenatly the second method is the best for you.

Thanks for going through this post. If you have any question kindly leave it on the commernt below.

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