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As part of Microsoft’s efforts to enhance security, the company designed Windows 10 to only allow digitally signed drivers. This feature can be very useful, especially when you are concerned about your safety. However, for some reason, you might need to install drivers that are not digitally signed. Of course, your system will block you from doing so. As such, we’ve compiled a list of solutions that will help you disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10.
Driver Signature Enforcement Feature Explained
If you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows 10, you will be required to install digitally signed drivers. They come with an electronic fingerprint which indicates that the product was created by the hardware manufacturer. Microsoft uses the digital signature enforcement feature to verify the authenticity of the drivers you install from updates, original equipment manufacturers, and other third-party software and driver downloads.
It also guarantees that the drivers have not been modified since they were manufactured. This is your way of knowing that what you’re installing is authentic and has not been tampered with or compromised by a malicious third party. Needless to say, the driver signature enforcement feature is quite useful in ensuring that your computer is safe from malware and other threats. However, it is worth noting that not all manufacturers produce digitally signed drivers.
If the drivers you’re planning to install have not been digitally signed, you would be blocked from adding them to your computer. It goes without saying that you will not be able to use the hardware associated with them. As such, you may want to find ways to disable driver signature enforcement on your PC. Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. Simply follow our instructions below and you will be able to disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10.
Method 1: Changing the startup settings
One of the easiest ways to disable driver signature enforcement on your computer is to tweak the startup settings. However, you have to remember that this solution is only temporary. After restarting your PC, the driver signature enforcement feature will automatically be enabled. With that said, follow the instructions below:
- On your keyboard, press and hold Shift, then click the Restart button.
- Select Troubleshoot.
- Then click Advanced Options.
- Click Startup Settings.
- Then click the Restart button.
- Once your computer restarts, you will be able to see a list of options.
- On your keyboard, press F7. This will let you disable the driver signature enforcement feature.
- Your computer will restart and you will now be able to install drivers that have not been digitally signed.
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Method 2: Using Command Prompt
As we’ve mentioned, the first method only temporarily disables the driver signature enforcement feature. So, if you want to remove it permanently, we advise you to follow the steps below:
- Open the Power User Menu by pressing Windows Key+X on your keyboard.
- From the menu, choose Command Prompt (Admin).
- Once the Command Prompt is up, type “bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
Note: If you want to enable the driver signature enforcement feature again, you can run Command Prompt as an admin following the steps above, then type “bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off” (no quotes).
Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to disable the feature:
- Click the Search icon on the taskbar.
- Type “Command Prompt” (no quotes).
- Right-click Command Prompt from the results, then select Run as Administrator.
- Once you’ve opened the Command Prompt, enter the lines below, one at a time:
bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON
- Exit Command Prompt, then restart your computer.
Note: If you want to revert the changes you’ve made, you can run Command Prompt as an administrator, then enter the following commands:
- bcdedit -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
- bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF
While this solution permanently disables the driver signature enforcement feature, it may make your PC vulnerable to malware attacks. This is especially true when you’re downloading drivers from suspicious sites. As such, we recommend installing Auslogics Anti-Malware. This reliable program will ensure that all data and safety threats are removed from your computer.
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