How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 10/11?

Microsoft uses Windows driver signature enforcement to protect your computer and the data stored on it from malware and harmful code injected into legit-looking drivers. We should point out that you should never disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 and 11 just for fun. We assume you already know why you need to disable driver signature enforcement and 100% trust the provider of the driver in question.

There are several methods you can use to disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 and 11. This article will list them all, allowing you to choose the best or most convenient option.

Note. Disabling driver signature enforcement is a risk-related procedure that requires Administrator privileges. You cannot disable driver signature enforcement using a regular user profile or without the Administrator password.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Through Command Prompt

Command Prompt is the fastest way to disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 and 11. You only need to run Command Prompt as Admin and paste two commands.

  1. Press Win + R and type cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  2. Alternatively, right-click Start and select Terminal (Admin), then switch Windows Terminal to Command Prompt with the Ctrl + Shift + 2 shortcut.
  3. In Command Prompt, type in and run:
     bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
  4. Type in and run:
    bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON
  5. Restart your computer.

After logging in, you will notice a small watermark in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and it will say that Windows is in test mode. That is how the system works—the watermark will disappear once you turn driver signature enforcement back on.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement via Safe Mode

  1. Press Win + R and type msconfig. disable driver signature enforcement
  2. Go to the Boot tab and place a checkmark next to the Safe Boot option. Leave the extra parameter set to Minimal. driver signature enforcement
  3. Press OK and restart your computer. You can also use other methods to boot Windows in Safe Mode.
  4. Once in Safe Mode, launch Command Prompt as Administrator and type the following command:
    bcdedit.exe /set NOINTEGRITYCHECKS ON
  5. Restart your computer.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement with Advanced Restart

On Windows 11:

  1. Open Settings and go to Windows Update > Advanced Options.
  2. Click Recovery.
  3. Click Restart now. disable driver signature enforcement windows 10
  4. Wait for your computer to restart and boot into Recovery.
  5. Click Troubleshooting.
  6. Click Advanced Options.
  7. Select Boot Options.
  8. Click Restart.
  9. Once your computer returns to the blue screen, press F7 and wait for the system to restart and boot as usual.

On Windows 10:

  1. Launch Setting and navigate to Windows Update > Recovery.
  2. Click Restart Now and wait for your system to restart into the Recovery environment. windows 10 disable driver signature enforcement
  3. Click Troubleshoot. enable driver signature enforcement windows 10
  4. Click Advanced Options.
    driver signature enforcement windows 10
  5. Select Startup Settings. disable driver signature enforcement in windows 10
  6. Click Restart. signature enforcement disable
  7. Once your computer returns to the blue screen, press F7 and wait for the system to restart and boot as usual. disable digital signature enforcement windows 10

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement using Group Policy

If you have a computer with Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (this also applies to Windows 11), you can use group policies to disable driver signature enforcement. This method does not work on Windows 10 and 11 Home.

You can check your Windows edition by navigating to Settings > System > About.

  1. Press Win + R, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter. Alternatively, invoke Windows Search and type Edit Group Policy.
  2. In the Local Group Policy Editor, click User Configuration.
  3. Go to Administrative > System > Driver installation. digital signature enforcement
  4. Open the Code signing for driver packages rule.
  5. Set the rule to Disabled. driver enforcement windows 10
  6. Restart your computer.

And that is how you disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 and 11. You can now try installing the unsigned driver and use it for your needs. It is worth noting that some drivers might stop working after a while as Windows blocks them from working due to missing signatures. In such a case, uninstall the driver, disable driver signature enforcement, and install the driver again. Fortunately, unsigned drivers usually continue working without issues, even after restoring driver signature enforcement.

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