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How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
Last Updated a year ago

When you try to install drivers for older devices in the latest Windows versions, you can encounter problems like install errors or compatibility issues. One of these is related to Driver Signature Enforcement.

Driver Signature Enforcement is on by default for the newest Window versions. It is used to ensure file integrity, since drivers operate at a high security level in Windows. If your drivers are not digitally signed, then the driver might not install.

Driver Signature Enforcement can easily be disabled, and it automatically turns on again after a restart. To disable this feature:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button and select Shut down or sign in.

  2. In your keyboard, hold and press the Shift key, then select Restart.


  3. A new setting will appear, select Troubleshoot.


  4. Select Advanced options.


  5. Select Startup Settings.


  6. Click Restart.


  7. After the restart, immediately press the number 'F7' key from your keyboard to disable Driver Signature Enforcement.


    Note:This will select to disable Driver Signature Enforcement. Otherwise Windows will boot up normally without the necessary changes.

Driver Signature Enforcement will be turned off from that moment until the next reboot (it will automatically turn on). At this time, you can install the drivers with unsigned driver signatures.

Note: The instructions show screenshots for Windows 10, but the instructions apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.

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