Driver signing associates a digital signature with a driver package.
Windows device installation uses digital signatures to verify the integrity of driver packages and to verify the identity of the vendor (software publisher) who provides the driver packages. In addition, the kernel-mode code signing policy for 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and later versions of Windows specifies that a kernel-mode driver must be signed for the driver to load.
Windows 10 Technical Preview for desktop editions (Home, Pro, and Enterprise) and Windows Server Technical Preview kernel-mode drivers must be signed by the Windows Hardware Dev Center Dashboard and the Windows Hardware Dev Center Dashboard requires an EV certificate. For more info about these changes, see Driver Signing Changes in Windows 10
The section includes the following topics:
Overview of Digital Signatures for Driver Installation
Managing the Signing Process
Signing Drivers during Development and Test
Signing Drivers for Public Release
Troubleshooting Install and Load Problems with Signed Driver Packages
For general information about driver signing on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, see the white paper Digital Signatures for Kernel Modules on Systems Running Windows Vista at the Windows Hardware Developer Central website.
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