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How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement to allow installation of Windows 7 Printer Drivers on Windows 8

Published on January 4, 2013 by

Are you having trouble installing DNP, HiTi or Mitsubishi Windows 7 printer drivers on a Windows 8 PC? We have a solution for you.

On Windows 8 (64 bit) operating system, you must disable the Driver Signature Enforcement to install the Win 7 (64 bit) printer drivers. Once the Driver Signature Enforcement is disabled the system will reboot, then you will be able to install the driver.

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This is how you disable the ‘Driver Signature Enforcement’ on Windows 8 so you can install the Windows 7 printer driver*:

1. Open the Charms Bar in Windows 8 and select “Settings”:

2. Select “Change PC Settings”:

3. Select “General”:

4. Scroll to the bottom of the General page and select “Restart Now” under “Advanced Start-Up”:


5. Once the PC comes back up, select “Troubleshoot”:

6. Select “Advanced Options”:


7. Select “Start-Up Settings”:


8. Select the Restart button:


9. Press either the F7 key or the number 7 key from your computer keyboard. This disables the Driver Signature Enforcement, which will allow you to install a printer driver. After pressing either key, your computer will reboot:

After rebooting, log in as normal and go to the Control Panel. Select “Devices and Printers” and you are ready to install the Printer Driver.

* All these steps have been tested on the 64 bit version of Windows 8.

Quick Notes on Installing the drivers on Windows 8:
Because the Windows 8 desktop is so different than any previous version of Windows, we’ve included one way to get to the Control Panel below. There are many paths that will get you to the Control Panel, so use whichever method you are comfortable with.

  1. Open the Charms Bar and select the Search icon.
  2. Type “Control Panel” into the search box.
  3. Select the Control Panel icon. Control Panel window will show.
  4. Select “Devices and Printersand install driver.

Useful links:

> ( Mitsubishi Printer drivers )
> ( DNP Printer drivers )
> ( Hiti Printer drivers )

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15 Responses

  1. DanielFelP

    At the point:)
    Thank you for information!

  2. asdf

    How do you make Windows continue using the driver after rebooting out of ‘disable driver signature enforcement’ mode? My computer goes right back to the “cannot verify the digital signature” error.

    • The setting will return to its original state after restarting.

      For your information, the command to close Disable driver signature enforcement (or enable driver signature enforcement) is:

      bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

      After these 4 steps, you can use uncertified drivers on Windows 8 and 8.1 (64 bit) whenever you want.

      Tips: This operation reduces the security factor of the system. Therefore, it is not recommended to close Disable driver signature enforcement all the time. Meanwhile, it is not suggested for inexperienced users to use this operation.

  3. Mark

    Nice tutorial thanks for sharing. it will help all disabled persons using windows 8. What about OS?

  4. Awesome! Glad to hear it worked for you too.

  5. Donaid

    this is really good. thank for this information..

  6. printz

    hi there, I’m trying to install a driver that will restart the pc several times. so after the first time it restart the computer the enforcement kicks back in. what can I do?
    thanks for your help

  7. Bob Hoernis

    Will your technique work with the Dell Inspiron 15 lap top and the V715W printer dribver?

    • These steps are meant for our line of professional photo dye sub printers from DNP, HiTi and Mitsubishi. I can’t really say if it will work on your V715W but it’s worth a try.

  8. christian

    I have a problem with this, when i restart to press f7, my keyboard turns of and i can’t press anything. It is a USB keyboard.

    • Have you tried pressing just pressing the number “7” key? Try that. Is this on a laptop?

      Sometimes the top “F#” keys get locked unless you press a specific function key to enable it. All depending on the laptop’s brand.

  9. zoli

    Thx for the comment, but I have 1 question: After I select the 7th point, and the computers restart, how can i check if this setting is on or off? Because it always displays the same text: “Disable driver signiture enforcement”

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