How to Disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement

This is a step-by-step guide on how to correctly disable driver signature enforcement in 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. We will try to wrap up the whole steps as compact as possible. This tutorial will be necessary in many cases if you want to flash an Android ROM through ADB Fastboot interface from your computer. For your information, Microsoft has started to enforce “Digital Signature Enforcement” mechanism for installation of unsigned driver software. Without this feature being disabled, any unsigned driver will not be able to run flawlessly even though it has been installed successfully. Now simply follow all the steps below to manually disable the new Windows protection mechanism.

Alternative way: You can also use this simple tool to automatically disable and re-enable Windows Driver Signature. This is perfect for you who want to quickly get the job done without the complicated stuff. Otherwise, you can still follow steps below if you really want to know how to do the job manually.

Windows 7 64-bit

Disable permanently:

Step 1 – Click the Windows Start menu at the bottom-left corner >> choose “All Programs” >> right-click on “Command Prompt” >> choose “Run as Administrator”.

Step 2 – Now type this command and hit Enter after each line:

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

Step 3 – That’s it. Now you just need to reboot your computer – I know you knew how it.

How to re-enable it again? You can re-enable Driver Signature Enforcement mechanism on Windows 7 by following the same steps above but this time you’ll need to enter this command:

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Just do not forget to reboot your computer afterwards.

Disable Temporarily:

Step 1 – Reboot your laptop as usual but you’ll need to press F8 key during the booting process. This will bring you “Advanced Boot Options”.

Step 2 – Now choose “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” from the available menu. Use the Down arrow key and hit Enter to choose that option.

Step 3 – Your Windows 7 computer will automatically reboot afterwards.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Disable permanently:

Step 1 – On your keyboard, press the Windows button + X button at once. This will bring you several options.

Step 2 – Choose the “Command Prompt (Admin)” option.

Step 3 – The command prompt window shall appear and you’ll need to execute this command. Just type it and hit Enter button after each line:

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

Step 4 – That’s it. Now you just need to reboot your computer – I know you knew how it.

How to re-enable it again? You can re-enable Driver Signature Enforcement mechanism on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 64-bit by following the same steps above but this time you’ll need to enter this command:

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Disable Temporarily:

Step 1 – Reboot your computer but this time hold down the Shift key while clicking on the “Restart” option.

Step 2 – Your PC will reboot but this time you’ll see some advanced options. Choose “Troubleshoot”.

Step 3 – Next, you have to choose “Advanced options”.

Step 4 – In the next page, choose “Startup Settings” option.

Step 5 – Click the “Restart” button to restart the computer bringing displayed settings into the boot process.

Step 6 – The process will continue displaying select-able options. Press F7 key on your keyboard to select the “Disable driver signature enforcement” option.

Step 7 – Your computer will automatically reboot then booting the system as usual. Now each time you want to install unsigned drivers, a popup will appear asking for confirmation. Just choose “Install this driver software anyway” and proceed the installation as usual.

That’s all the steps. They should not be so difficult to follow especially those of the permanent method. Moreover, this video may also help you to understand more.

Credits belong to Feds64 (pics) and KiaTech (video).

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