Why I should disable driver signature verification on windows 8?
Microsoft has shaken the world when it launches it’s new Operating System the Windows 8. This OS came fully packed with a new features and customization that is thousand miles away from it predecessor windows 7. Windows 8 heightened it’s security features, one of this upgrade is the digital Driver Signature Verification security feature. A new system feature that automatically rejects non digitally signed peripheral device drivers. This feature is very effective in ruling out malicious software from infecting our PC, but unfortunately peripheral device manufacturers are not yet prepared to this big shift. Almost all peripheral available in the market came with unsigned drivers.
I know Microsoft has foreseen this chaos, that is why they provide a workaround. Unfortunately only few and advance users know this secret. But it will not be secret anymore. I will show you how to disable this feature.
What is a Digitally Signed Driver?
A Digitally signed driver has an electronic fingerprint that indicates which company the driver was produced as well as an indication as to whether the driver has been modified since the company released it. This increases security, as a signed driver that has been modified will no longer have an intact signature.
What is Driver Signature Verification System?
Driver Signature Verification System is a security feature upgrade that verify the integrity of a software. It will automatically rejects non signed and non intact signature drivers. This is an awesome feature, but also prevent us from installing the drivers which will render our devices useless.
How to disable the Driver Signature Verification System?
First thing first, we need to access the troubleshooting Option from Boot Manager. This is not as easy task, you need to trick the system, but no worries I will show you how. Carefully follow this trick. Open power option menu (under Charm or on the login screen) then hold down SHIFT key while you click restart. Tricky right?
(Note, you can use this trick on any of the power menu, whether on the login screen, Charms bar, Start Menu, or Start Screen)
Once your computer has rebooted you will be able to choose the Troubleshoot option.
Then Go to Advance Option
Then go to Start up settings
Since we are going to modifying boot time configuration settings, you will need to restart your Computer one last time.
Finally, you will be given a list of startup settings that you can change. The one we are looking for is “Disable driver signature enforcement”. To choose the setting, you will need to press the F7 key.
That’s all folks. Your PC will then reboot and you will be able to install unsigned drivers without any error message