How to Install an Un-Signed 3rd Party Driver in Windows 8
Are you trying hard to get an un-signed third party driver installed on your Windows 8 PC? Are you unable to do so? No issues the steps given in the below content will be a good help for you in installing the un-signed driver on your Windows 8.
To maintain the best security for the PC as well as the user, Microsoft recommends users to install the hardware drivers that have digital signatures on them. It helps in protecting your Windows 8 from crashing and security issues. However, some hardware drivers without digital signatures, especially the older ones – may work perfectly on Windows 8.
Here are the steps to install an un-signed third party driver on your Windows 8-PC:
- At first, before moving ahead with the process, ensure that all your work is saved in any open programs.
- Now, tap on the ‘Settings’ option given at the bottom-right corner of your PC.
- Next, press Win+I to open Settings charm.
- Now, hit the ‘Change PC settings’ option given at the extreme bottom of the Settings charm.
- Select the ‘General’ option from the list of PC settings app.
- Now, hit ‘Restart Now’ button from the ‘Advanced Startup’ option.
- Next, as the window box pop ups on your screen, select ‘Troubleshoot’ option from it.
- In the next window that pops up on your screen, tap on the ‘Advanced Options’.
- Now, in the next window, tap on the ‘Startup Settings’ option.
- Next, hit the Restart button in the ‘Startup Settings’ window to reboot your PC again.
- Now, as the Startup Settings screen appears on your PC, tap F7 key to select the ‘Disable driver signature enforcement’ option.
- Now, Windows 8 will automatically boot to its typical lock screen.
Now, you can begin with your installation process, Windows 8 will no longer ask for digitally signed drivers for installation until you next reboot. In fact, Windows will also alert you that you are trying to install an un-singed driver, but you can select ‘install this driver software anyway’ from the list of options appearing in the Windows Security box. Also, when you are done with your installation process, reboot your computer, but your Windows will keep on using the un-signed driver, even as it asks for signature for new drivers.
Still, it is recommended by Microsoft Windows to only install the digitally signed drivers due to security holes that it might create on your PC. Un-signed driver can prove malicious for your Windows 8 PC.