How annoying PCs could be sometimes! I was about installing a driver on my laptop running the latest Microsoft Windows 10. As soon as I was set to commence the installation then came up an annoying screen telling me that I could not run the installation because the driver was not signed. The screen looked like this
Now if you have ever seen that screen before it simply means the driver you are trying to install is not signed, hence Windows can’t guarantee its security. Digitally signed drivers include an electronic fingerprint that indicates which company the driver was produced by 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. Drivers are signed using code signing certificates.
In this article I will walk you through on how to break the rules and install any driver you want, signed or unsigned. If you are ready, let’s rebel and break rules together. Lol.
To get started with the process we’re going to need to get into the Troubleshooting options from the boot manager. The easiest way to bring this screen up is using a secret trick. Select Restart from the power options menu (on Windows 8 that’s under Charms or on the login screen, and in Windows 10 it’s on the Start Menu). Hold down the SHIFT key while you click Restart.
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.