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How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 10/8/7

digitally signed driver is required

As you are trying to install a driver in Windows 10/8/7, you probably get a warning: A digitally signed driver is required. It means this driver is an unsigned driver.

Driver signature enforcement feature is one of the basic features of Windows 10/8/7. It only loads drivers that have been signed by Microsoft. The advantage of this function is that it can prevent malware from burrowing its way into the Windows kernel.

If you want to install unofficial drivers, old unsigned drivers, or drivers you have developed by yourself, you’ll need to disable driver signature enforcement.

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Today we will let you know how to disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10/8/7.

Please make sure that your previous driver has completely uninstalled on your PC before you install a new driver.

There are two ways to fix this issue.

Method 1: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement by Troubleshoot

1, Press Win key and click Settings icon. You can go into Settings.

settings option

2, In Settings, you can catch the Update and Security option in here. And choose it.

update security setting

3, Please click the Recovery option on the left menu. You can find the details on the right. Please catch Advanced startup option and hit Restart Now.

advanced startup

4, Please wait a few seconds, you can enter Choose an Option interface. Please select Troubleshoot option.

choose an option

5, In Troubleshoot, you can select these options step by step: Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

restart to change windows options

6, You can go into the Startup Settings interface. There are 9 features in the list. Please press functions key F7 or press the Number Key 7 to choose the Disable driver signature enforcement.

startup settings

After that, the computer will be restarted. You can download and install any drivers including unofficial drivers, old unsigned drivers, or drivers you have developed by yourself if you like.

If this method is useless for you, please have a try to below ways.

Method 2: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement by Local Group Policy Editor

1, Press Win + R key to go to Run box and key gpedit-msc into the box. You can go into Local Group Policy Editor.

gpedit msc

2, In Local Group Policy Editor, please select Administrative Templates on the left category. You can find the Setting list on the right. Please double-click on System option.

administrative templates

3, In System, there are some programs setting category on the right. Please choose Driver Installation and double-click it.

administrative templates system

4, Please catch the Code signing for device drivers in the Driver Installation and double-click it.

driver installation

5, At this time, you can make some settings in Code signing for device drivers in order to Windows detects a driver file without a digital signature.

Please hit the Enabled button. You can select the Ignore or Warn in the drop-down menu in Options box. Then, please don’t forget press OK.

code signing for device drivers

6, You can reinstall the unsigned driver by yourself.


Because of disabling driver signature enforcement has certain risks for Microsoft system, it is not recommended to disable driver signature enforcement when you are going to installing a new driver.

you can have a try to download the Driver Doctor which is a kind of driver updating tool. It is very safety for Windows operating system. Driver Doctor can help you to solve all driver issues including downloading or installation for Windows 10, 8, 7, vista system. Its proprietary One-Click Update technology not only ensures that you have correct driver versions for your hardware, but it also creates a backup of your current drivers before making any changes. It’s very fast and convenient for you.

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It takes only three steps to solve all the drive problems for you.

1) Open Driver Doctor tool and click Scan Now. Scan for drivers that need to be updated.

2) The drivers have being detected. Click Get Drivers.


3) Click Download All to download the updated drivers.

Finally, click Install. The drivers are installed and you can enjoy your new drivers.

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