Disable driver signature enforcement [Windows Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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How to disable driver signature enforcement

In order to achieve maximum security, Windows 10 requires digitally signed drivers.

This is usually a good feature if you’re concerned about your safety, but sometimes you need to install drivers that aren’t digitally signed, and today we’re going to show you how to do that.

As a quick reminder, 64-bit versions of Windows require that you install digitally signed drivers.

Digitally signed drivers come with an electronic fingerprint that guarantees that the driver was created by the hardware manufacturer and that it hasn’t been modified since it was created.

Thanks to driver signature enforcement you’ll be sure that your drivers are authentic and not altered by a malicious third party.

This feature is great if you want to protect your PC, but some manufacturers don’t make digitally signed drivers and this can lead to all sorts of problems.

If your drivers aren’t digitally signed you won’t be able to install them at all which means that you won’t be able to use the hardware that is associated with them.

This is a big problem, but fortunately, you can disable driver signature enforcement with ease.

This issue will be fixed, but from now on, keep your drivers updated with the best software on the market.

How to disable Driver Signature Verification on Windows 64-Bit

  1. Change the Startup settings
  2. Disable driver signing
  3. Put Windows in test mode
  4. Disable driver signature enforcement permanently

1. Change the Startup settings

This is the simplest way to disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10 but bear in mind that this method will only disable driver signature temporarily.

After you restart your computer driver signature enforcement will automatically turn itself on.

To disable driver signature enforcement do the following:

  1. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard and click the Restart button.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  3. When your computer restarts you’ll see a list of options. Press F7 on your keyboard to select Disable driver signature enforcement.
  4. Your computer will now restart and you’ll be able to install unsigned drivers.

Bear in mind that this method only temporarily disables driver signature enforcement, so be sure to install all the unsigned drivers as soon as you can.

Avoid all these Windows technicalities by installing a startup manager tool!

2. Disable driver signing code

Another solution is to use the Local Group Policy Editor. Keep in mind that you have to be careful while messing with the Policy Editor, and don’t modify anything else.

To disable the driver signing code, follow the steps:

  1. On your PC open Local Group Policy Editor: press the Win+R hotkeys and in the Run box enter gpedit.msc.
  2. In Local Group Policy Editor, from the left panel, click on User Configuration.
  3. Then, from the main window double-click on Administrative Templates.
  4. From the menu that will open double-click on System and then go to Driver Installation.
  5. Select the Code signing for device drivers entry.
  6. Select Enabled and from the dropdown located beneath, change to Ignore.
  7. Click Ok and apply your changes.
  8. Restart your Windows 10 system in the end.

You don’t have a Local Group Policy Editor? No worries, here is how to install it. It’s easy!

3. Put Windows in test mode

If you don’t want to disable driver signing permanently, you can choose to enter the Windows 10 test mode.

In test mode, you can install any drivers you want without experiencing any problems. Don’t forget to go to normal Windows 10 mode after you solve your problem:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt window on your PC: right-click on the Windows Start icon and select Command prompt (Admin).
  2. In cmd type:bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF
  3. Close the cmd window and restart your computer.
  4. Install your drivers.
  5. Revert back to normal mode: open elevated cmd, enter this command and restart your Windows 10 system:
    bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON

4. Disable driver signature enforcement Windows 10 permanently

The previous solution will only disable driver signature enforcement temporarily. But if you want to disable it permanently, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Once the Command Prompt opens, enter this command and press Enter: bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on
  3. driver-signature-enforcement-off
  4. Optional: To enable driver signature enforcement back again, open the Command Prompt as administrator and enter:bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks offdriver-signature-enforcement-on

Alternatively, you can disable driver signature enforcement by using these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following lines:
    • bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON
  3. Close Command Prompt and restart your PC.
  4. Optional: To enable driver signature enforcement open Command Prompt as administrator and enter the following:
    • bcdedit -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Bear in mind that using this solution will disable driver signature enforcement permanently, thus making your computer somewhat vulnerable.

It’s always a good idea to protect and backup your drivers. With these tools, you’ll have no such worries!

Driver signature enforcement is a useful feature that provides extra protection, but sometimes extra protection can cause problems when installing certain drivers.

We hope that you now understand how driver signature enforcement works and how to disable it in Windows 10.

Do you know of any other workarounds? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about using (un)signed drivers in Windows 10

  • How to install unsigned drivers in windows 10?

You have to change the Startup settings for this to work. Check out this full guide on how to act accordingly.

  • What happens if I disable driver signature enforcement?

This feature basically guarantees to you that your drivers are authentic and unspoiled by malicious apps. As long as you are careful not to install corrupted or poorly-designed drivers, you should be fine. A great alternative is to use specialized driver update tools and of course always backup your data.

  • How do I permanently disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10?

To do this, type in the following line in the elevated Command Prompt: bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on. Check out the detailed procedure right here.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Also, you need to disable Driver Signature Enforcement to LOAD unsigned drivers in addition to being able to install them. If you install unsigned drivers and then re-enable Driver Signature Enforcement, than Windows won’t load the installed drivers.

    You also need to disable Secure Boot on EUFI equipped motherboards, otherwise you can’t disable Driver Signature Enforcement.

  • I would change:

    “bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off”
    “bcdedit.exe /deletevalue nointegritychecks”

    to restore original operating system behaviour.

  • Both the commands under Solution 2 returns the following error. Win10 Home 64bit.

    “An error has occurred setting the element data.
    The value is protected by Secure Boot policy and cannot be modified or deleted.”

  • This information works, you just need to reboot first. Then to take it off use the method described above after the reboot, and then reboot again to apply the re-enablement.

  • Thank you very much for getting my sound back for me. It even worked after I shut down, and the powered up the next day. I don’t know why the sound went out in the first place, but it was very frustrating that this could happen without any reason. I followed your steps, which took me exactly to the next step. Unlike many other places I have tried that led me nowhere.
    1)Hold shift key down on restart.
    2)click-troubleshoot, then advanced options, then start-up settings
    3)click restart button
    4)press the f7 button on top row to select
    5)then disable ” driver signature enforce”

    Thank you again,