Your old Printer or other computer peripherals may require drivers to connect them to a computer. If the drivers are signed you can install them easily in all version of windows PC. But in the newer version of windows starting from windows 8, driver signature verification is enabled by default and the driver should be digitally signed for the installation to occur. Here are the simple steps to disable signature verification and install unsigned drivers in Windows Operating System. If you are installing drivers for legacy hardware devices, read my tutorial on Adding Legacy Hardware device to Windows PC.
How to Install Unsigned drivers in Windows 8 and 8.1?
To Install these unsigned drivers you have to boot your Windows 8 machine into Advanced Startup mode. Access the advanced startup menu from the Settings by dragging your mouse toward the right side corners of the screen and tap Change PC Settings. The location of Advanced Startup menu inside the settings window is,
Windows 8 : General – Advanced Startup
Windows 8.1 : Update and Recovery – Recovery – Advanced Startup
Click Restart in the in the advanced startup menu to boot the computer into Advanced Startup mode. Check the images for details. Your Computer will now show the Advanced startup options.
From the Advanced Startup options, select Troubleshoot. In the following windows select Advanced options. Select Startup Settings in the Advances options menu. Click restart in the windows that appears after that. Now the computer will restart and shows the Startup Settings. Press 7 to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement. Check the images for details. When the systems boots completely, install the unsigned drivers. It will get installed properly. Warning message may occur. Click install in that warning message box to proceed with the installation.
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