- Driver Signature Enforcement is a feature in Windows 11, that only allows the drivers signed by Microsoft to be installed on the computer.
- It's a security feature to keep the computer safe, and not let users install malware disguised as a driver.
- You can disable the feature via the Windows RE or using the Local Group Policy Editor, the steps for both are listed here.
Microsoft has embedded several security features in Windows to ensure that your PC remains safe and secure. One of these is Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11.
The feature, when enabled, makes sure that only the drivers digitally signed by Microsoft can be installed on the system. This is helpful to a great extent for most users, since it protects them.
But there’s a downside to having the Driver Signature Enforcement feature enabled as well. Say, you find a driver that works well for a device but is not signed by Microsoft, though it is completely safe. Yet you wouldn’t be able to install it.
So, it becomes imperative that you know how to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11 and install the drivers best for your system.
How can I disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11?
1. Via Windows Recovery Environment (RE)
- Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu, click on the Power icon, press and hold the Shift key, and then click on Restart to enter the recovery mode in Windows 11.
- Once the OS enters the recovery environment, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, click Advanced options.
- Select Startup settings from the six options listed here.
- Now, click on the Restart button.
- If you are asked to enter the BitLocker recovery key, find out what to do. With the feature enabled, Windows may ask you to provide the key to ensure that no one else is accessing the data.
- Finally, press the F7 or 7 key to boot Windows with the Driver Signature Enforcement feature disabled.
Once the system restarts, the Driver Signature Enforcement feature will now be disabled in Windows 11 and you can install the desired unsigned driver on your PC. To re-enable the feature, just restart the computer.
2. Using the Local Group Policy Editor
- Press Windows + R to launch the Run command, enter gpedit.msc in the text field, and either click on OK or hit Enter to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Double-click on Administrative Templates under User Configuration in the navigation pane on the left, and then click on System.
- Double-click on Driver Installation on the right.
- Next, double-click on Code signing for driver packages.
- Select the Enabled option.
- Click on the When Windows detects a driver file without a digital signature dropdown menu, select Ignore, and then click on OK at the bottom to save the changes.
This method to disable Driver Signature Verification in Windows 11 will only work for those running the Pro edition. This is because the Local Group Policy Editor is not available in the Home edition.
Should I disable the Driver Signature Enforcement feature in Windows 11?
This is the real question here. Though you may want to install a driver that performs better, it’s not always safe. So, if the current ones work just fine, there’s no need to experiment with new ones.
The Driver Signature Enforcement feature is there for a reason, and when you disable it, it negates the whole purpose. Microsoft signs drivers after they are thoroughly checked, their authenticity and reliability verified, and these are the ones that should be installed.
But if you really want to download an unsigned driver, do make sure to conduct thorough research, both on the source and the driver itself. And once satisfied, you can disable the feature and install the driver.
In most cases, updating the driver should help boost the device’s performance, in case you are disabling the feature for that.
And, for that, you can use DriverFix, a dedicated tool that will automatically install the latest updates for the drivers on your system and keep them all up-to-date.
These are both the ways you can disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11. We could earlier execute a bunch of commands in the previous iterations for the same, but with Secure Boot being mandatory in Windows 11, those wouldn’t work anymore.
Also, find out how to easily update drivers in Windows 11, and stay clear of most driver-related errors.
Do not hesitate to tell us which method you chose and the driver you were trying to install, in the comments section below.