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Disable Windows 10 64bit driver signature verification: complete guide

noviembre 24, 2019

Disable driver signature verification

That of disable Windows 10 driver signature verification a necessity that emerges when drivers are installed on the computer to operate peripherals such as printers, pendrive, etc., even if they come from safe sources. When the drivers cause problems, it is useful to disable the driver signature verification on Windows 10 and allow the device to work. From Windows Vista onwards, a driver is loaded and installed in Windows 64-bit operating systems only if the latter is signed. This function has been implemented as a form of security to prevent unsigned device drivers from being loaded and executed with risks to the computer. You may immediately notice how this Windows precaution can become a problem, when after installing an unsigned device driver, a blue error screen appears during the boot process that does not allow you to proceed.

Disable Windows 10 64bit driver signature verification

So far so good, because checking the signature of the drivers guarantees the security of your computer. But the reason why we wrote this guide that many devices that we want to connect to the PC, even if reliable, are supplied with unsigned drivers. This makes us panic and we don't really know how to solve, also because the device to be connected cannot work without the driver installed. Don't worry, because with this guide you can easily install the driver even if not signed. If you continue reading, we will show you 2 methods to disable driver signing verification on Windows 10 (64-bit) so you can install and run unsigned drivers without problems (you can also read the Windows 8 guide). If you want more information on driver signing, I suggest you read the Microsoft support page.

Option 1: disable Windows 10 driver signature verification forever

  • Open the command prompt with administrator privileges. In Windows 10 or 8, simply press the button Windows + X and then select "Command Prompt (Administrator)"Or" Windows PowerShell (Administrator).
  • Type the following command and press sending.
bcdedit /set testsigning on

You will receive the message "Operation completed successfully".

Close the command prompt and restart the computer. From now on, you will be able to install or run any unsigned driver without problems. If you need to re-enable the verification of the driver signature, run the same procedure as before and write this command:

bcdedit /set testsigning off

It is important that you realize that this operation involves risks for your computer, because in this way you will no longer have a filter that will warn you that the driver you are installing is not signed, therefore potentially risky. You will have to evaluate if the driver you are installing comes from safe sources and therefore harmless for the PC. Many times drivers are used to contaminate computers with viruses and malware.

Option 2: Disable Windows 10 driver signing verification only once

If you don't want to use the previous method to permanently disable the driver signing, here we have a second solution that allows you to temporarily disable the verification of the driver signature and be able to install an unsigned one:

  • Press the keys Windows + R to open the box Run. Type shutdown / r / o and prizes OK.
shutdown
  • Wait a few seconds and Windows will inform you that "You are about to be disconnected. Windows will be stopped in less than a minute". Click on Close.
  • Once the computer restarts you will have to choose the "Troubleshooting".
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  • Then go inAdvanced options".
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  • In the window "Advanced options", Select"Startup settings".
signature verification options
  • Click the "Restart"In the screen"Startup settings”To restart the computer again.
startup setting
  • After restarting in the window "Startup settings", Press the button F7 on the keyboard to select "Disable driver signing imposition".
driver signing setting
  • The PC will restart. Proceed to install unsigned drivers. During the installation procedure, Windows informs that it cannot verify the author of this driver software. To complete the installation, just ignore the warning message and choose "Install the driver software".

Conclusions

After seeing how to disable Windows 10 driver signing verification, keep in mind that after the next computer restart, “Driver signature imposition " it will be automatically enabled again to prevent new drivers from being installed, but Windows will continue to use all the unsigned drivers you have already installed.

I think this second method is safer, because you can evaluate each time whether or not to install a driver after verifying the source. If, for example, you have downloaded the driver directly from the site of the printer manufacturer, even if not signed, you can still trust it and install it quietly. Otherwise, if you have downloaded the file from sites that offer the drive download service of any device and any manufacturer, then in this case you have to be more careful.