The digital signature for this file could not be verified

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  • The digital signature for this file couldn't be verified is a security error caused by the installation of some apps.
  • Microsoft fails to recognize permission for newer programs so it shows this digital signature could not be verified message.
  • When getting the digital signature could not be verified in Windows 10, you should attempt a system restore.
  • Also, you should disable the digital signature temporarily.
The Digital Signature for This File Could Not Be Verified

A digital signature is pretty much a permission. If Microsoft doesn’t recognize the permissions for the program it will come up with a blue screen error saying 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. namely, with newer software, it is possible that the digital signature has yet to be attained. 

How can I fix the digital signature error in Windows 10?

1. Perform a system restore

  1. Hard restart your computer and keep pressing F8 numerous times as the system is booting up.
  2. Select Start Windows in Safe Mode.
  3. Click in the Search panel on the System Menu and type system restore.
  4. Click on Create a Restore Point.                                                                                            
  5. Click on System Restore.                                                                                  
  6. Choose a Restore Point. 
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your Windows OS at an earlier date.

This should eliminate whatever features were added with newer programs and make the system functional.

2. Repair boot manager

  1. Insert your Windows 10 disc into the disc drive and restart the computer.
  2. Press the F key that corresponds to your system recovery boot (if any).
  3. Adjust the language and the there settings accordingly and click 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:
    • C:
    • Cd Boot
    • attrib bcd -s -h -r
    • 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.

3. Temporarily disable digital signature

  1. Click Win key + S and select Update & Security.
  2. Select Recovery on the left pane.
  3. At the bottom of the page, you should see Advanced startup with a Restart now button below.
  4. Click the button and wait for the system to reboot.
  5. Once the PC reboots, select Troubleshoot option.
  6. Select Advanced options and click Startup Settings.
  7. Find the Disable driver signature enforcement option and click F7 to enable it.

We hope that at least on of these methods helped and we would be glad to hear which one. Also, if you have knowledge of other ways to fix the digital signature issue, tell us in the comments.

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