How To Disable Driver Signature Enforcement On Windows 10 and 8

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The 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 10 have a “driver signature enforcement” feature that forces you to install only drivers that have been signed by Microsoft. This prevents all drivers not verified by Microsoft. To be able to install unofficial drivers or old unsigned drivers you need to disable driver signature enforcement, this is sometimes necessary when there are only drivers not verified by Microsoft for your device or you are using an old device for which no new drivers exist.

Driver signature enforcement is a security feature, which ensures that only drivers that have been verified by Microsoft are installed on Windows 8 and 10. This prevents malwares from compromising your computer by exploiting insecure drivers. Before driver signature enforcement you should know that it is a risk for your computer and that you should only install drivers that you are absolutely sure are safe and trustworthy.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Using CMD (TestSigning Mode)

Windows includes a “Test-Signing” mode that allows you to disable driver signature enforcement. This mode is intended for driver developers so that they can test their drivers before submitting them to Microsoft for verification. We will see how to driver signature enforcement by enabling Test-Signing mode.

Follow the steps below to disable driver signature enforcement by enabling Test mode:

1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator

Press Windows Key + X and click on Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. Type “bcdedit /set testsigning on” and hit Enter

Inside the command prompt, type this command “bcdedit /set testsigning on” and press Enter

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3. Restart your computer

By running this command, it will disable signature enforcement on your computer by enabling the TestSigning mode on Windows which allows you to install unsigned and old drivers on your computer. The TestSigning mode will remain active until you disable it again. A watermark will appear on the bottom right corner of the desktop reminding you that you are in test mode.

Note: If the bcdedit /set testsigning command shows this message error:
“An error has occurred setting the element data.
The value is protected by Secure Boot policy and cannot be modified or deleted.”
You need to disable Secure Boot following our guide before entering the command again.

To disable test mode and enable signature enforcement again, run the command prompt with administrator privileges and enter this command:

bcdedit /set testsigning off

Restart your computer so that TestSigning mode gets disable.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Using CMD

You can disable Driver signature enforcement on Windows 10 using CMD:

1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator

Press Windows Key + X and click on Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. Type “bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on” and hit Enter

Inside the command prompt copy and paste this command “bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on” and press Enter

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3. Restart your computer

This will disable Driver Signature Enforcement by disabling driver integrity checks. This means that windows will no longer check if your drivers are trusted or verified by Microsoft.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Using Advanced Options

You can disable driver signature enforcement by booting in Advanced options on Windows 10 and 8.

1. Hold Shift while restarting your computer from the Restart button.

Click on the Start button, go to Power and while holding the Shift button click on Restart.

Restart in Advanced Options

2. Click on Troubleshoot

On the next screen click on troubleshoot

3. Click on Advanced options

Click on “Advanced options” to access more advanced options to change Windows behavior during startup.

4. Click on Startup Settings

Click on “Startup settings” to change Windows behavior on startup.

5. Click on Restart

On the next screen, click on “Restart” to reboot your computer. After restart Windows provide multiple options for Windows startup.

Restart PC

6. Press 7 to disable driver signature enforcement

After restart Windows will prompt with startup settings. Press 7 to disable driver signature enforcement.

how to disable driver signature enforcement

Thats it, you can now install unsigned drivers on your Windows.

Your computer will automatically restart and disable driver signature enforcement. After Windows starts, you will be able to install unsigned drivers on your system. driver signature enforcement will remain disabled until you restart or shut down your computer, Thus you have to install the required drivers before restarting your computer while driver signature enforcement is still disabled.

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