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Digital Signatures for Kernel Modules on Windows

This paper describes how to manage the signing process for kernel-mode software for Windows Vista.

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For Windows Vista and later versions of the Windows family of operating systems:

  • Kernel-mode software must have a digital signature to load on x64-based computer systems.
  • Boot-start drivers should contain an embedded signature.
  • Certain configurations of x86 systems require kernel-mode software to have digital signatures in order to access next generation premium content depending on content protection policy.

Included in this white paper:

  • The Kernel Mode Code Signing Process
  • How to Disable Signature Enforcement during Development
  • How to Use Test Signing
  • Troubleshooting



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