Disabling driver signature verification on a 64-bit version of Windows involves a series of steps that can vary depending on the specific version of Windows you’re using. Driver signature verification is a security feature in Windows that ensures that drivers being installed on the system are signed by a valid certificate, helping to prevent the installation of potentially harmful or unauthorized drivers.
Keep in mind that disabling driver signature verification can expose your system to potential security risks, as unsigned drivers might not have been thoroughly tested or verified by Microsoft. Proceed with caution and only disable this feature if you have a good reason and you’re confident about the source of the drivers you’re installing.
Here’s a general guide on how to disable driver signature verification on a 64-bit version of Windows:
- Access Advanced Startup Options:a. Windows 8 and 10: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app, then go to Update & Security > Recovery. Under “Advanced startup,” click the Restart now button.
b. Windows 7: Click the Start button, then click Restart while holding the Shift key.
- Access Startup Settings:After your computer restarts, you’ll see a blue screen with various startup options. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings, then click the Restart button.
- Disable Driver Signature Enforcement:On the Startup Settings screen, you’ll see a list of options numbered from 1 to 9. Press the F7 key to select the option that disables driver signature enforcement. Your computer will then restart with this feature disabled.
- Install Unsigned Drivers:Once you’ve disabled driver signature enforcement, you can proceed to install unsigned drivers. Follow the installation instructions provided by the driver package you’re installing.
- Reboot:After you’ve installed the necessary drivers, it’s recommended to reboot your computer to ensure that the changes take effect.
Please be aware that these instructions are based on general procedures and might not apply to all Windows versions or configurations. Also, remember to re-enable driver signature enforcement after you’ve installed the required drivers to ensure the security and stability of your system.
Keep in mind that the steps and interface might have changed if you’re using a version of Windows beyond my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021. It’s always a good idea to refer to official Microsoft documentation or other reputable sources for up-to-date instructions.