The Digital Signature for This File Could Not Be Verified

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The Digital Signature for This File Could Not Be Verified

What is a Digital Signature?

A digital signature is pretty much a permission. If Microsoft doesn’t recognize the permissions for the program it will come up with the the horrid error that pops up that says “The Digital Signature for This File Could Not be Verified“. This error is also known as Error Code 0xc0000428. The digital signature is in place to secure software and prevent forgeries. This error usually occurs when third party software is installed. If newer software is installed it is possible that the digital signature has yet to be attained. 

The Digital Signature for This File Could Not Be Verified [FIX]

Seeing blue screens on a computer screen can be very scary. This is because the entire operating system is failing to boot. If you see this screen:

Here’s how you can fix it:

System Restore

The simple fix to an installation error is to uninstall it by rolling back your system to your last restore point. This is irreversible. If you are going to use this method be sure that you will be restoring your computer to a point within the month to ensure that you are not losing any documents. To do a system restore perform the following procedures:

  1. Hard Restart your computer
  2. Press F8 numerous times as the system is booting up
  3. Select Start Windows in Safe Mode
  4. Click in the Search panel on the System Menu and type System Restore
  5. Click on Create a Restore Point                                                                                            
  6. Click on System Restore                                                                                  
  7. Choose a Restore Point 
  8. Follow the On-Screen Instructions

Repair Windows

If system restore isn’t an option try to repair the operating system. To repair your Windows operating system perform the following tasks:

  1. If your system came with a CD or DVD boot-able disc insert it into the disc drive and Restart the computer
  2. If your computer has a recovery built into the system reboot the system and press the F key that corresponds to your system recovery boot
  3. Once the partition starts you will see a Windows Screen, adjust the settings accordingly and click on Next
  4. Click on Repair Your Computer in the Lower Right Corner of the Screen
  5. Click on Troubleshoot
  6. Click on Advanced Options
  7. Choose Command Prompt                                                                                 
  8. Choose an Account to Continue (Administrator)
  9. Enter the Following Commands
    1. C:
    2. Cd Boot
    3. attrib bcd -s -h -r
    4. bootrec / rebuildbcd
  10. Perform a Startup Repair by starting Windows
  11. Navigate to the System Settings in the menu
  12. Click on Update and Security                                                                                
  13. Click on Recovery
  14. Under Advanced Startup click on Restart Now                               
  15. Click on Troubleshoot                                                                                          
  16.  Click on Advanced Options                                                                    
  17. Click on Startup Repair                                                                          
  18. Select the User Name
  19. Enter the Password for the Account

Once the repair is complete the system will reboot and the error should be cleared.

What if the Fix Didn’t Work?

If this fix didn’t work then you would have to either consult a professional or erase your entire computer and start over.