If you are receiving an error message which is blocking the installation process of a new device driver or any other similar software, don’t panic. Your Windows 10 system still runs properly and you are not facing a system malfunction.
However, it means that the implied driver cannot be ‘verified’ by Windows 10 and, for security reasons, the installation process has been blocked by default.
Usually, the error message that appears is Windows requires a digitally signed driver and it means that Windows needs a verified driver by the Signing Authority.
To be specific, vendors are signing the drivers to ensure their integrity and to be certain than the file wasn’t modified in any way. If you try to install an unsigned driver, Windows will always let you know that that specific file is unsafe and it comes from an unknown source.
The good news is that there are some solutions that you can use to fix this error and resume the driver installation process. Here’s what you can do if Windows requires a digitally signed driver.
How can I fix Windows requires a digitally signed driver error?
- Solution 1 – Disable driver signing
- Solution 2 – Put Windows in test mode
- Solution 3 – Permanently disable driver signature enforcement
1. Disable driver signing
- On your computer open Local Group Policy Editor: press the Win+R hotkeys and in the Run box enter gpedit.msc.
- In Local Group Policy Editor, from the left panel, click on User Configuration option.
- Then, from the main window double-click on Administrative Templates.
- From the menu that will open double-click on System and then go to Driver Installation.
- Next, select the Code signing for device drivers entry.
- Select Enabled and from the dropdown located beneath, change to Ignore.
- Click Ok and apply your changes.
- Restart your Windows 10 system in the end.
Most Windows 10 users have no idea how to edit the Group Policy. Learn how you can do it by reading this simple article.
2. Put Windows in test mode
If the above method isn’t working for you, or if you don’t want to disable driver signing, you can choose to enter Windows 10 test mode.
In test mode you can install any drivers you want without experiencing any problems. Of course, go to normal Windows 10 mode afterwards:
- Open an elevated command prompt window on your PC: right-click on the Windows Start icon and select Command prompt (Admin).
- In cmd type bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF.
- Close the cmd window and restart your computer.
- Install your drivers.
- Revert back to normal mode: open elevated cmd, enter bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON and restart your Windows 10 system.
3. Permanently disable driver signature enforcement
- Open an elevated command prompt window as explained above.
- In the cmd window type bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on and press Enter.
- This will disable the driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 permanently.
- You can restore this operation by tapping into cmd: bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off.
If you need additional info on how to disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10, take a look at this dedicated article.
Well, these are the troubleshooting solutions that can help you fix the issue where a digitally signed driver is required.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness