With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a tile-based style which is best suited for touch-based systems. Microsoft is now openly encouraging users to go for touch-based devices by phasing old school desktop style systems.
In this article, we will be focusing on Windows 8 installation of hardware with unsigned drivers. Here are the steps that you need to follow for Windows 8 installation of Hardware with Unsigned Drivers.
Go to Advanced Startup Options
Initially, you need to open the Settings charm. This can be done by moving your mouse to the bottom-right corner of the screen, and then clicking Settings. If you are using a system that is touch based, then you can swipe in from the right, and then tap Settings. You can press Windows Key + I to open the Settings charm directly with a keyboard shortcut.
After that, you need to select the Change PC settings option available at the bottom of the Settings charm. In the PC setting application, you can select the General category.
You can then scroll down and then click on the Restart now button under Advanced startup. Your system will then reboot.
Access Startup Settings
Now, when the Choose an option screen appears, you can click or tap the Troubleshoot tile.
After that, you can click or tap the Advanced options tile. Then, you need to select the Startup Settings tile on the Advanced options screen.
After that, click on the Restart button on the Startup Settings screen, in order to reboot your computer again.
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
After that, on the Startup settings screen, tap on the F7 or 7 key on your keyboard, in order to select the Disable driver signature enforcement option.
The operating System will then quickly boot to its typical lock screen. You can now sign into Windows 8 as you normally would — everything will look the same, except that Windows will no longer demand driver signatures until your next reboot.
Now, you will be able to install unsigned drivers as you would on previous versions of Windows. Windows will give an alert message if you try to install a driver that is not properly signed. However, you will see an Install this driver software anyway option that you can choose.
If you have finished installing the unsigned drivers, you can reboot your computer. Windows will then keep using any unsigned drivers that you have already loaded, even as it enforces signature requirements for new drivers.