Till the release of Windows 7, people were stuck with one of the most annoying operating systems which keep churning out popup messages for every operation that is performed on the system.
In order to keep the system stable and to keep viruses out, the operating system created the concept of Windows Vista drivers signature enforcement.
Any driver that is being installed in the system has to be digitally signed by the manufacturer but for which Windows Vista will not allow you to install them. Verification of drivers is a mandatory clause in this operating system; in case your driver is not verified, chances are that the associated hardware will not work fine.
If you have an unsigned driver for a particular piece of hardware, you can use driver signature enforcement over-riders to proceed with the installation. You need to download the run tool for driver installation. It is mandatory that you enable the test mode when you install this.
Your system will be restarted and when it boots, you will be able to install Windows Vista drivers which are not digitally signed or verified. You will need to select those drivers which have to be installed. Depending on the number of drivers you have to install, you need to repeat these steps to get all your Windows Vista drivers working.
Open the Device Manager by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting properties. You will be required to search the entire list for the device for which you are going to install the Windows Vista drivers.
Automatic installation will not work in case of unsigned drivers; this requires you to select the manual update option and go to the root of the folder where the drivers have been installed. While this process enables you to install drivers that are not signed, this could lead to potential risks in the system because all unsigned drivers cannot be trusted.
Unless you know that a specific driver is good enough or trustworthy, you should exercise caution in installing it. With any hardware component, there is a trusted manufacturer who focuses on developing good drivers for their products and digitally signing them.
“It is recommended that you always choose good manufacturers.”