On Windows 10, you can disable the “driver signature enforcement” feature to install unsigned drivers in at least two ways, and in this guide, you’ll learn how. The driver signature enforcement is a security feature built into Windows 10 that locks down the system and only allows the use of drivers that have been signed by Microsoft.
Although it’s a good approach to verify the integrity of the code and identity of the publisher to make sure the package hasn’t been altered, there will be times when you may need to install an old driver from a trusted source, device that may not have a signed driver from its manufacturer, or test an unsigned driver that you created.
Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to disable the signature enforcement to install unsigned drivers using the Startup settings and test mode.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to disable signature enforcement to allow installation of unsigned drivers on Windows 10.
- Disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10
- Disable driver signature enforcement using test mode on Windows 10
Disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10
To disable signature enforcement to install unsigned drivers, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 10.
Click on Update & Security.
Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.
Click on Troubleshoot.
Click on Advanced options.
Click on Startup Settings.
Click the Restart button.
Press F7 or the 7 key to select the Disable driver signature enforcement option.
Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will boot normally, but this time the signature enforcement will be disabled, allowing you to install unsigned drivers as necessary. Then during the next restart, the driver signature enforcement will be enabled again, and you’ll need to repeat the steps to install another driver.
Disable driver signature enforcement using test mode on Windows 10
To install unsigned drivers using test mode, use these steps:
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to enable the test signing mode and press Enter:
bcdedit /set testsigning on
Restart your computer.
After you complete the steps, you should be able to install unsigned drivers on Windows 10, even after restarting the computer.
When you no longer need to install drivers, you can use the same instructions to disable the Windows 10 test mode, but on step No. 3, make sure to use this command
bcdedit /set testsigning off and then reboot the device.
If while enabling test mode, you receive a message about your device having Secure Boot enabled, then it’s best to use the approach using the Settings app as shown above.