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SmartScreen and unsigned drivers

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    Windows 8 x64

    SmartScreen and unsigned drivers


    Is it possible to allow files to run without SmartScreen popping up everytime? I know I can turn it off, but I want to leave it on recommended because if I turn it off, then in the action center it displays an issue and wants me to turn it back on. I know for some people that wouldn't bug them, but I like to have everything clean and no issues in the taskbar showing up. Also, I have a third party program I use that uses an unsigned driver I had to manually install and the program isn't able to run properly unless I go reboot into startup settings and disable driver signature. Am I able to allow these drivers to run without Microsoft disabling them until I reboot every time?

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    run: gpedit.msc
    go to: Administrative Templates->System->Driver Installation->Code signing for device drivers and select Enable then on the drop down select ignore to direct the system to proceed with the installation even if it includes unsigned files.
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    Windows 8 x64


    Sweet, I'll follow those instructions. There's no smartscreen work around for my other issue though? No biggie if there isn't, just curious. Thanks!
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by techmatlock View Post
    Sweet, I'll follow those instructions. There's no smartscreen work around for my other issue though? No biggie if there isn't, just curious. Thanks!
    Do you mean to turn off the smart screen ? Just open action center, on the left, click on Windows Smart Screen Settings to turn off

    Windows SmartScreen - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 17 Feb 2013 at 11:25. Reason: Added tutorial link for more information
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  5. #5


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    On x64 you won't be able to run on unsigned drivers only in test mode if I'm correct.
    Unsigned drivers are not recommended to use.

    The drivers have nothing to do with the unsigned programs and smartscreen.
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