Installing unsigned drivers on Windows 10
All hardware connected to Windows requires hardware drivers to be installed to work properly. Hardware drivers have low access to Windows so they can work as they should. Because the drivers have access to the kernel, Windows requires that these drivers be officially signed. This means that Microsoft is trying to block all attempts to install unsigned drivers on Windows 10.
However, sometimes you need to install unofficial drivers, unsigned drivers, or even older drivers without a digital signature. It is possible, but not as easy as installing signed drivers.
Observe: Verification of driver signatures is a security feature and its disabling is not recommended. Only install unsigned drivers from trusted sources. Always back up your computer completely before proceeding and make sure you have created a recovery drive. A reliable driver can render your computer unusable without complete initialization.
There are three ways to install unsigned drivers on Windows 10. Everyone works, so choose what works best or best.
1. Install the unsigned drivers from the advanced boot menu
The easiest way to install unsigned drivers is to use the Windows 10 Advanced Start Menu Win + X, then go to “Stop” Change + Click the “Restart” button on the left.
The above function will reboot the system and take you to the advanced boot menu. Select the “Troubleshooting” option here.
In the Troubleshooting section, select “Advanced”.
Select “Startup Settings”.
The Startup Options option allows you to start Windows in different modes. Click the “Restart” button to continue.
Since we need to install unsigned drivers, press F7 keyboard and select the seventh option: “Disable driver signature”.
As soon as you select it, the system will boot into Windows. You can then install unsigned drivers on Windows without any problems. Restart the system after installation, and the driver signing application will automatically activate the next time you restart.
If you want to install another unsigned driver, you must start the above process again. This method is ideal if you only need to install an unsigned driver or infrequently.
2. Install test mode to install unsigned drivers
Another way to install unsigned drivers is to enable test mode in Windows 10. The advantage of this method is that it stays on until you manually disable it – a very useful way if you are testing different pilots.
To get started, open the Start menu and type “command prompt”. Select “Run as administrator” from the command line.
The above function opens a command prompt with administrator privileges required to enable test mode. Copy and run the command below when prompted:
You will see that the command has been executed successfully. Reboot the system and you will be booted in test mode. When you are in test mode, you can install unsigned drivers. Plus, you’ll also see a watermark, something like the screenshot below, to let you know that your Windows system is in test mode.
After installing the driver, it is important to disable test mode. To do this, use the command below as an administrator and restart the system:
3. Disable integrity checks to install unsigned drivers
You can also turn off integrity checks if you want to install unsigned drivers on Windows. To disable integrity checks, open a command prompt as an administrator (Start, look for a command prompt, click “Run as administrator”) and run the command below:
After completing the command, restart the system and you can install the unsigned driver on your Windows 10 computer.
As in test mode, it is important to introduce integrity checks. To re-enable integrity checking, run the following command as an administrator at a command prompt:
Reboot the system and you are ready to go.
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