What to do if the hardware monitor driver failed to load

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4 solutions to fix hardware monitor driver loading errors

  1. Install the Driver Within an Admin Account
  2. Turn Off Driver Signature Enforcement
  3. Update the Graphics Card Driver
  4. Install the Drivers Without the DVD

The “Failed to load hardware monitor driver” error message is one that pops up for some users when trying to install drivers from a DVD. When they insert the DVD, this error message pops up: “Failed to load hardware monitor driver: This program must run as administrator.

Consequently, the users can’t install the drivers with DVD. Below are a few resolutions that might fix the “load hardware monitor driver” error message in Windows.

Steps to fix ‘Failed to load hardware monitor driver’ errors

1. Install the Driver Within an Admin Account

Note that the error message states, “This program must run as administrator.” Thus, it might be worth trying to install the driver from an admin account if you’re not already. You can activate the built-in Windows admin account as follows.

  • Right-click the Start menu button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Enter ‘net user administrator /active:yes’ in the Prompt, and press the Return key.

  • Close the Command Prompt.
  • Thereafter, restart Windows 10. Then you can select to log in to an Administrator account.

2. Turn Off Driver Signature Enforcement

It might be the case that Driver signature enforcement is blocking you from installing the drivers via DVD. Driver signature enforcement is supposed to block the installation of broken or corrupted drivers. However, it will also block drivers that aren’t digitally signed. This is how you can turn off driver signature enforcement.

  • Press the Windows key + X hotkey to open the menu shown directly below.

  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open the Prompt as an administrator.
  • Then enter ‘bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on’ in the Command Prompt, and press the Return key. That will turn off the signature enforcement.

  • You can turn Driver signature enforcement back on by entering ‘bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off’ in the Command Prompt.

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3. Update the Graphics Card Driver

The “Failed to load hardware monitor driver” error can be due to an outdated graphics card driver. So updating the graphics card driver might fix the issue. There are a few ways you can update a graphics card driver. This is how you can manually update the driver.

  • First, you’ll need to note down Windows platform and graphics card details included on the DirectX window. Right-click the Start menu and select Run.
  • Enter ‘dxdiag’ in Run and click OK to open the window shown directly below.

  • Note down the OS details included on the System tab.
  • Then note down the manufacturer and graphics card model details on the Display tab.

  • Open your graphics card manufacturer’s website in a browser, which will probably be NVIDIA, AMD or Intel.
  • Then open the driver section of the website.
  • Next, select your graphics card model from the site’s menus or lists. You might also need to select your platform.

  • Then download the most update driver compatible with your platform.
  • Open the folder you saved the driver to.
  • Open the installer for the driver to install it.
  • If the driver is packaged within a ZIP file, you’ll need to extract the file by selecting Extract all in Explorer. Then open the driver file from the extracted folder.
  • This article provides further details for updating graphics card drivers.

4. Install the Drivers Without the DVD

So long as you have a net connection, you probably won’t need a DVD to install the required drivers. Most companies include downloadable drivers on their websites. Thus, even if the above resolutions don’t fix the “Failed to load hardware monitor driver” error, you can get the required drivers from the manufacturer’s website instead.

Alternatively, you can update system drivers with driver updater software. Driver Booster 6 will scan your system drivers and list those that need updating or replacing. Driver Booster 6 automatically scans when you launch it. Then you can select to update the driver you were trying to install with DVD, or click Update Now to update the drivers for all listed devices.

So it’s not that essential to fix the “Failed to load hardware monitor driver” error in Windows. However, reinstalling Windows, as outlined in this post, or a factory reset might also fix the issue. I would only suggest those fixes if you can’t get the required drivers from website sources.

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