Install Unsigned Drivers In Windows 7

If you have migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7 you might bump into some unsigned drivers errors. This post will provide you the tools to remove such errors and force Windows to accept the them.

If you are getting some unsigned drivers errors, then the quickest way to fix it is to hit F8 key during boot and then select Disable Driver Signature Enforcement from the Advanced Boot Options. Now you won’t get the unsigned drivers errors any more, but the biggest downside is that you will need to hit F8 key every time your Windows boot. This could be problematic since the software won’t work if you forget to hit F8 key.

ReadyDriver Plus is a tool that makes some modifications to the Bootloader and then makes the Windows start in Disable Driver Signature Enforcement mode. In short, it automates the process we explained in the above paragraph. With this tool properly configured, you won’t need to hit F8 every time your system boots up.

Please note that ReadyDriver Plus shows Vista during installation, but actually supports both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 7 as well.

Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider allows user to override the whole driver signature enforcement. Only use this tool if you don’t want to make changes in the Bootloader.

The usages is quite simple, just run the program in Enable Test Mode and you will get a confirmation dialog. Now once you are back to the main window, select Sign a System File option, hit Next, and type the full path & file name. Now restart the computer and you will not see the Unsigned Driver error any more.

The only downside of this tool is that UAC must be disabled, this won’t be much of a problem for advanced users since they already have it disabled to reduce the annoyances. Some antivirus apps will detect it as false positive, including MSE Security Essentials, but it is perfectly safe to use it.

Download ReadyDriver Plus

Download Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider

Both above mentioned tools work on Windows Vista(32/64-bit) and Windows 7(32/64-bit) OS. Enjoy!

[via Raymond]