How to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11?

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Issue: How to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11?

Hello. I was wondering if there is a way to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11. If so, how would I do it?

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Driver Signature Enforcement is a security feature in Windows that ensures that only digitally signed drivers[1] are installed on a system. The feature verifies the authenticity and integrity of the drivers before they are installed on the system.

The benefits of Driver Signature Enforcement include increased security, as it helps prevent malicious or untested drivers from being installed on the system. This can help prevent system crashes, data loss, and other problems caused by faulty or malicious drivers.[2]

However, there are also some disadvantages to Driver Signature Enforcement. For example, some older or less common hardware devices may not have digitally signed drivers available, making it difficult or impossible to install them on a system with Driver Signature Enforcement enabled. Additionally, some users may find the feature to be an inconvenience, as it can add extra steps to the process of installing new hardware.

Users may want to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in scenarios where they need to install unsigned drivers. This is typically only done in advanced scenarios such as testing, development, or troubleshooting, or when using older or less common hardware that does not have a digitally signed driver available.

How to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11

Disabling Driver Signature Enforcement can be risky as it opens the system to the installation of malicious or untested drivers. It is important that users only disable this feature if it is absolutely necessary and that they obtain the unsigned drivers from a reputable source. You can follow our guide where you will learn two ways to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 11.

Method 1. Use Windows Recovery Environment

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  • Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu
  • Click on the Power icon
  • Press and hold the Shift key
  • Click on Restart to enter the recovery mode
  • Once the OS enters the recovery environment, click on Troubleshoot
  • Next, click Advanced options
  • Select Startup settings from the six options listed
  • Click on the Restart button

Click on the Restart button

  • If prompted, enter the BitLocker recovery key
  • Press the F7 or 7 key to boot Windows with the Driver Signature Enforcement feature disabled

Driver Signature Enforcement feature disabled

  • Once the system restarts, the Driver Signature Enforcement feature will be disabled in Windows 11
  • To re-enable the feature, just restart the computer

Method 2. Use the Local Group Policy Editor

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  • Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box
  • Enter gpedit.msc in the text field
  • Click OK or hit Enter to launch the Local Group Policy Editor
  • Double-click on Administrative Templates under User Configuration in the navigation pane on the left
  • Click on System
  • Double-click on Driver Installation on the right

Double-click on Driver Installation on the right

  • Next, double-click on Code signing for driver packages
  • Select the Enabled option

double-click on Code signing for driver packages

  • Click on the When Windows detects a driver file without a digital signature dropdown menu and select Ignore
  • Click OK to save the changes

select Ignore

Note: This method will only work for those running the Pro edition as the Local Group Policy Editor is not available in the Home edition.

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