How to install unsigned drivers [Windows Guide]

Andrew Wafer
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  • Digitally signed drivers are basically Microsoft's way to add an extra security layer on your Windows 10 running device.
  • While the intention is indeed noble, you might want to get that driver signature enforcement out of the way for whatever reason - if so, here's what you need to do.
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Microsoft developed the Windows 10 OS in order to provide a more user-friendly interface and also for ensuring that each user can operate on a safe and secure platform.

That’s why, among other security features, you won’t be able to install unsigned drivers. However, if you want or have to install a driver without a digital signature, there are solutions (as always).

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But first, you should know that you must be an advanced Windows user, or else you might end up damaging your laptop, computer, or tablet.

Microsoft pre-installed the digital signature feature in order to prevent users from installing malicious or just badly programmed drivers which could cause crashes and open gaping security holes.

Applying an unsigned driver is usually required when you want to flash an old or outdated driver or when you try to develop your own software.

So, be careful when dealing with these processes, and before doing anything else save all your data, programs, or processes as the computer will reboot several times while completing the steps from below.

How do I install drivers on Windows 10 without digital signature?

Long story short, the only way to install unsigned drivers on your Windows computer is by disabling driver signature enforcement.

There are two ways to do this: one allows you to temporarily turn off driver signature, while the second one permanently disables this feature.

  1. On your computer open Settings charm by getting your mouse on the bottom right side of your display.pc settings windows 8
  2. From there select PC Settings and then pick the General category; finally, select restart now (press and hold Shift keyboard key while pressing on the Restart now button).advanced restart
  3. The Advanced Startup Options will be then displayed.
  4. From the Choose an Option screen appears tap on Troubleshoot.
  5. Select Advanced Options from the next window and pick Startup Settings.
  6. From there once more select the Restart option.
  7. Up next, within Startup Settings window press F7 or 7 keyboard key in order to select Disable driver signature enforcement option.startup settings
  8. Windows 10 will immediately boot to its typical lock screen. Sign in to Windows 10 as you normally would.
  9. Do note that you will have to make these changes after each reboot as the digital signature feature will be reapplied by default when you restart your device.

For more information on how to permanently disable driver signature enforcement, check out this step-by-step guide.

Once again, keep in mind that turning off driver signature enforcement makes your computer vulnerable to threats and malware attacks, so proceed at your own risk.

So that’s how you can install unsigned drivers on your Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 based laptop, tablet, or desktop.

In case you have other questions related to this topic, don’t hesitate to share with us by using the comments field below.

FAQ: Learn more about using unsigned drivers in Windows 10

  • How do I install drivers on Windows 10 without digital signature?

Settings – Update & Security and click the Restart now button under Advanced Startup. Check out the entire procedure in this mini-guide.

  • How do I find unsigned drivers?

To locate unsigned drivers, you can use the File Signature Verification utility. Type sigverif in the Run menu and launch the tool. Upon scan completion, it will show you a list of unsigned drivers. As an alternative, you can run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DxDiag.exe)

  • What is the command to disable driver signature enforcement?

You can use the Elevated Command Prompt to disable as well as to turn driver signature enforcement back on. Get the exact command lines in this article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in May 20220 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.