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Disable Driver Signing in Windows 7 Using Group Policy Editor

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Yesterday, this article told you how to disable driver signing in Windows 7 using the command line. It turns out that Windows provides options to disable driver signing in the group policy editor itself.

Disable Driver Signing in Windows 7 Using Group Policy Editor

If you want to turn off device driver signing in Windows 7 completely, do the following.

Hit the Win+R keys together to open the run dialog. Type gpedit.msc to open the local groups policy editor.

Expand ‘Administrative Templates’ (it’s under ‘User Configuration’). Expand ‘System’. Click ‘Driver Installation’.


In the right panel, double click on ‘Code Signing for Device Drivers’.


Choose ‘Enabled’ in the window that appears. In the underlying options, choose ‘Ignore’. This disables drivers signing in Windows 7, and now you can install unsigned drivers in Windows 7.


Click Apply, OK. Restart your computer to install unsigned drivers.

Written by Killer Tech Tips

May 6th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

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  • Ray

    This trick never worked in Vista64 and doesn’t work in W7 too.

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  • MGraves

    I tried this and it did not work, is there anything that will let me install the drivers I want?

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  • payton

    No group policy editor in Win7 Home Premium. Guess I should have installed Pro. sigh…

  • WTF

    “Supported on: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 operating systems only”
    last screen shot!!!!!




  • DenZaH

    Funny, everytime press win + r and type gpedit.msc then press Ok my winamp opens.

  • Vista64

    Does not work for Vista64!!! Still get error 39!

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  • kendall

    You need to do a Start/Globe>type CMD press enter> type gpupdate and restart the computer.

  • gareth

    Thank you Matthew!!

  • jessie

    i tried both ways this site suggested and it did not work.i use win7 64bit.do u have any other ways or suggestions that will help.

  • Flavio

    Yeah, readydriverplus works!

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  • CanURead

    Did the author even bother test this before publishing it? Had he spent the extra 5 seconds to read the policy description he would have know this only applies to Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 operating systems only.

  • zzz

    Seems to work on my Win 7 Professional build 7600.

  • Lammer&Outsider

    it doesnt work for me – WIN7 home premium 64bit

  • wadee


  • Lucas

    it doesn’t work for me. i’m using windows 7 home premium 64bit. when i put in gpedit.msc in the run window, it says cannoy find the file gpedit.msc.

  • KB

    Group policy are not configurable for home editions.

  • stuart

    Press F8 after post but before starting windows. Select disable cert sign enforcement and boot.

  • Iloveflying

    I loaded Win 7 64 bit onto a new 320gb drive in my Dell Latitude D620 laptop and I have been frustrated with the inability to disable the trackpad. I tried looking it up 6 months ago and gave up and I have been dealing with it ever since. The original drive had all of Dell drivers and stuff already installed on it. But Win 7 doesn’t. So tonight I thought I’d give this another try and went to the bios and disabled it there but it still continued to work. I then went to Dells website and download the input device Alps Pointer for my laptop so that I could get the driver back into my laptop. I then installed the driver inspite of the fact that Windows said there is a known issue with this driver. I clicked on the lookup issue on the internet but nothing happened. So I went ahead and installed it anyways. After I installed it I went to the control panel, then clicked on Hardware and Sound, then click on the mouse tab and the interface for the track pad and pops right up under the device tab. Here you can enable or disable the pointing stick and the touch pad. It works great for me and my mouse is still functioning just fine. Finally after 8 months I have fixed this issue and hopefully it will work for you.

  • Ggggg

    this dost work for windows 7, only xp

  • Suzy

    I tried this, but I don’t have the group policy editor snap-in available on my computer. (Not in the list of available snap-ins). My USB ports were disabled because one of the drivers wasn’t signed. Anyone know how I can get my USBs back?
    ~Not an IT specialist :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michel-Derksen/1254873154 Michel Derksen

    works perfectly on a Windows 7 X64 Ultimate version.

  • Salut Juju

    Not a good trick for windows 7. As it is write on ‘Code Signing for Device Drivers’ option, it’s only supported on Server 2003, XP and 2000

  • G.Mann

    I think Windows 7 SUCKS

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  • font

    I can not get trough the first step because my computer says that the file does not exist.

  • Danj303

    Your an idiot then

  • Dev

    try ATARI

  • Codesighs

    Doesn’t work – only applies to 2000, XP and 2003 — the snap-in even says so 😉

  • wf54

    This doesn’t work for win7 home premium

  • Kurt12

    why not select “disable” option? it works?

  • Charlesp37

    Just did this in Win 7 pro x64 and it worked.

  • Stig R Jensen

    How can i Enable Driver Signing in Windows 7 Using Group Policy Editor.. I hope for help..

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  • Akjh

    doesn’t work for windows 7 enterprise

  • http://www.top-password.com RecoveryTool

    It doesn’t work for my Windows 7 64-bit system.  I have found another workable method:
    Open a command prompt as an admin and type
    bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON

  • Nobody

    EasyBCD supposedly should also be able to, under Advanced Settings

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  • Nunya

     Talk about FAIL, you FAILED to reply to the right person.

  • philz

     It doesn’t work for my Windows 7 64-bit system.  I have found another workable method:
    Open a command prompt as an admin and type
    bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON

    put another “D” in front of DISABLE! :)

  • Vahan Shamlian

    When I opened mmc.exe (even as admin) the left panel was empty apart from “Console Root”. I had to go in File > Add/Remove Snap-in… (Ctrl+M) and then select Local Computer Policy, click “Add ->” and OK. I hope this helps anyone who was as confused as I was.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001026032817 Tony Zen






    Enable testsigning mode on Windows x64 …




    /set NoIntegrityChecks ON






  • http://twitter.com/MrAdamXD Adam Largaiolli

    Doesn’t work. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

  • All W7s

    Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2506014)

    An issue has been identified that could allow a user with administrative permissions to load an

    unsigned driver. This update resolves that issue. You can help protect your system by installing this

    update from Microsoft. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.


    You can’t:
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON
    bcdedit /set NoIntegrityChecks ON

    Without removing (KB2506014) from SP1.

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  • KnowWhiiiiiiners

    NE1 else have a concern that if you are installing unsigned files that you are a sitting duck for someone to drop a Trojan into your system?

  • http://twitter.com/defacto69 defacto

    Just turn on ” Show hidden files and folders “

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