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[SOLVED] System Files Not Digitally Signed

Question: [SOLVED] System Files Not Digitally Signed

They say too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I'm probably living proof of that.. someone told me how to run a Microsoft diagnostic that shows which system files do not contain digital signatures. According to the scan, 35 of my files are suspect. Should I be concerned about this? I religiously scan for viruses, spyware and rootkits using three different apps for each. Everything is supposed to be okay. Here is the list of unsigned system files:

Microsoft Signature Verification

Log file generated on 8/18/2007 at 4:27 PM
OS Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2
Scan Results: Unsigned: 35

File Modified Version
--------------- --------- -----------
dxmasf.dll 8/22/2006
mfc40u.dll 11/1/2006
mxdwdrv.dll 3/22/2007 0.3.6000.0
mxdwdui.dll 3/22/2007 0.3.6000.16438
mxdwdui.gpd 8/31/2006 None
mxdwdui.ini 4/21/2006 None
nv4_disp.dll 4/19/2007
nv4_mini.sys 4/19/2007
nvapi.dll 4/19/2007
nvcpl.hlp 4/19/2007 None
nvcod.dll 4/19/2007
nvcodins.dll 4/19/2007
nvcpl.dll 4/19/2007
nvdisps.dll 4/19/2007
nvgames.dll 4/19/2007
nvhwvid.dll 4/19/2007
nvmccs.dll 4/19/2007
nvmccss.dll 4/19/2007
nvmctray.dll 4/19/2007
nvmobls.dll 4/19/2007
nvnt4cpl.dll 4/19/2007
nvoglnt.dll 4/19/2007
nvsvc32.exe 4/19/2007
nvvitvs.dll 4/19/2007
nvwcplen.hlp 4/19/2007 None
nvwddi.dll 4/19/2007
nvwss.dll 4/19/2007
quartz.dll 8/29/2005 6.5.2600.2749
stddtype.gdl 4/21/2006 None
stdschem.gdl 8/4/2006 None
stdschmx.gdl 4/21/2006 None
strmdll.dll 8/21/2006
unidrv.dll 3/22/2007 0.3.6000.16438
unidrvui.dll 3/22/2007 0.3.6000.16438
unires.dll 3/22/2007 0.3.6000.16438

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] System Files Not Digitally Signed

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Answer: [SOLVED] System Files Not Digitally Signed

Hi TomGab and welcome to TSf !

You don't have to worry about system files that are not digitally signed, it only means microsoft hasn't run extensive tests on them. The file owner (nvidia for most of your nvxxx.dll files for instance) will have tested them to make sure they would work fine with XP so you shouldn't have any problem.

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I have NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with which I have had some driver issues. While checking the Driver details in Device Manager I noticed that some Driver files are not digitally signed. These are: C:\Windows\System32\nvcpl.cplC:\Windows\System32\nvcplui.exeC:\Windows\System32\nvcpluir.dllC:\Windows\System32\nvexpbar.dllCould this be causing problems with my drivers?

Answer:Driver files not digitally signed

It is my view that you should always download drivers form the Manufacturers website. To update your current drivers go hereclick here

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I'm at my wits end. Anyone who can help would be my hero.

Acer 5253 laptop, Win7 Home Premium 64bit SP1, AMD C-50.

Trying to use a USB mouse. I have 3 logitech mice. None work because hidclass.sys and hidusb.sys are not digitally signed. If I f8 and disable driver signing enforcement, all 3 mice work, so I'm pretty certain that's the issue.

Tried "Update Driver" via device manager. Windows determined that I already had the best driver and wouldn't do anything.

Logitech does not furnish drivers for Win7. They rely on the native drivers.

Acer does not furnish mouse drivers. They refer you to the manufacturer of the mouse.

Tried copying the files in question from a 64bit machine that showed them to be digitally signed. Renamed the ones on my machine and pasted the ones from the "good" machine. Resolved nothing.

chkdsk /r found problems and repaired them. Didn't help.

sfc /scannow found problems that it could not resolve. Looked in CBS.log and found no references to either of the sys files in question. No resolution.

System Restore only had one restore point, and it was from 2 days ago. Problem was already noticed by then. I suspect that it's been this way since I purchased the laptop a couple of months ago anyway, but if there had been a restore point back at the very beginning, I'd have tried that.

I don't know much about digital signing of drivers. I've seen in a couple of threads that I might be able to sign the drivers myself, ... Read more

Answer:Windows mouse driver files not digitally signed


Obviously many more problems than just the mouse driver.

You can use earlier drivers (ie from vista, or even XP) if you install them in compatibility mode
[right click the installer>properties>compatibility>chose OS]

The other system problems need a repair install.

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Does anyone have a concise explanation for this? Thanks for any info!

(just the digital signing (signature), not encrypting the file.)

Answer:Solved: How is data rendered unforgeable after its digitally signed?

If I remember correctly, it's has like a code, so it will know who is legit and whos not.

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I'm looking at my DirectX Diagnostic tool and it says for a few things
"The file ati2dvag.dll is not digitally signed" under Video, and "The file RtkHDAud.sys is not digitally signed" under sound 1 and 2. is this a serious problem? it might help solve why I've had a few crashes when playing games maybe? If anyone can help I will be very grateful, especially by telling me how to get these "signed"

My stats are
XP Home Edition (5.1 Build 2600)
1390 RAM 3.33 GHz
Radeon Xpress 200 series

Answer:Not Digitally signed?

I know very little about this kind of stuff but I think it just means it's a driver that hasn't been registered with Microsoft, or something along those lines. I don't believe it affects the operation of the thing.

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How would I go about turning off the Warning message that comes up when you are installing device drivers that are not signed by Microsoft.

I have already found the reg value:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Wind ows NT\Driver Signing

BehaviorOnFailedVerify = 0

Is there any other ways. I also have been told that the above method doesn't stop all of the pop-ups...does anyone know why?


Answer:Digitally Signed Drivers

right click on "my computer", click properties, select the hardware page, there is a button with "driver signing"

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I'm trying to install XP Pro SP1 from a combined update file. After the update the log file says "not digitally signed and will not be replaced" on lots of the files. Is there a way to fix this problem?



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The file aticfx64,aticfx64,aticfx64,amdxc64,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,amdxc32,atiumd64,atidxx64,atidxx64,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a,atitmm64 is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware
Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to get a WHQL logo'd driver from the hardware manufacturer I am using windows 10 with directX12 and I had to update my dedicated gpu cause I couldn't see the switchable graphics button ON ... and most of my usual games
witch I had played before now they were moving in slow motion very badly after I solved this problem with the official amdcatalyst software and drivers updated I get this annoying message on directx12 that says I need to get a WHQL logo driver ... any sollutions???

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Hi Guys, I did a search of my OS, and found some Drivers not digitally signed.Is that a problem,as my PC is functioning OK.Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Digitally Signed Drivers.

Hi D,
Your ok for the most part. A driver that lacks a valid digital signature, or that was altered after it was signed, can't be installed on x64-based versions of Windows. As a result, you will see this message ( Windows cannot install this driver ) if you are running an x64-based version of Windows.

The only other time (I think) may be if you updat a driver. again you may get that can't install it error. You can visit the device manufacturer's support website to obtain a digitally signed driver for your device.

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Most of you know by now I hope that Vista requires it's drivers to be digitally signed by Microsoft. Is there a way to bypass this when the final product is released or do you think MS will back down due to public rage?

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Hey guys can somebody please help me im trying to install a vodafone 3G modem on my HP Pavilion DV7 laptop but i cant it says driver not digitally signed. Im using windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Answer:driver not digitally signed

Hello Tokelo and welcome to the forums.

Your best bet is try this - Disable Driver Signing in Windows 7

I have not tried it myself but it may help.

Report back with your findings.


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Dear All,
A vendor website sporadically release's MSI's which are digitally signed (plugins to run the content). These are required for the website to function.
Users are more in number so we can't manually install the MSI and time is a constraint.
Packaging / Repackaging is not a quick solution
App-locker doesn't bypass UAC, AUTO IT didn't help, Manifest and shim are only for Exe's.
We are looking for a solution where in since these are digitally signed MSI's Users should be able to install them automatically without being asked for the credentials.

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I tried to run sigverif.exe on XP professional edition and found there are over 2000+ system files not digitally signed. How do I get those systems files (i.e. *.dll, *.sys) digitally signed by Microsoft as signer?Angus

Answer:how to get Microsoft digitally signed?

WOW !!! My computer works, but now I should worry about unsigned files.Now is the time to throw computer out the window is sigverif.exe?

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Am trying to install HP Deskjet 630c printer and it keeps telling me this driver is not digitally signed. I just put Windows xp on the computer. What does this mean and can I get help? I am not very computer literate and any help would greatly appreciated. Many thanks Paula.

Answer:driver is not digitally signed

"Not digitally signed" means Microsoft have not tested this driver and verified it to be compatible with Win XP.  This does not mean it will not work, you should click on the "continue anyway" to install your print driver.  If this is a concern you should check the HP web site for newer driver tested by MS.Kim

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I have had to reinstall Windows 7 64-bit edition, and when I go to install PCWizard or Everest Home Edition, I keep getting an error about drivers not being digitally signed, and Windows will not install them. Before I reinstalled Windows 7, I had both of these programs running just fine. Is there anyway I can change the fact that Windows 7 will let me install those drivers?

Answer:Digitally Signed Drivers?

The only way for 64 bit versions of Vista or Win7 to work without digitally signed drivers is to start them up using F8 to get teh Advanced Startup and disable the Digitally Signed Driver service.

If you had them working before did you make sure all your drivers now are current?

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Hello All,

We have an Excel spread sheet that contains macros, that is shared through out our company. We have issued our own certificate to go with this spread sheet.

We have a Windows 2000 Active Directory running in Native mode. We are trying to push this certificate to become a "trusted source" w/in MS office. Does anyone have any experience with this?



Answer:Digitally Signed Certficate Troubles.

Nobody has any experience w/ Digital Signatures?

(i spoke to MS and aparently they don't either. they said no one has tried this before.)

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G'day. I'm trying to install my old VisionPLus DVB-T card into a Windows 7 O/S box and it won't recognise any of the old drivers. When I try to install the TwinHan Digital tv software, Windows can't/ won't install them.

I've downloaded and tried the latest (DigitalTV 3.4 Build 19-02_20090212) and windows comes up with "Driver not found". I've tried to install in compatability mode but still no good.

When installing the above, it identifies my card as “PCI CX-87A with MCU DVB-S/-C/-T/ATSC card”.

Out of all the available drivers on Twinhan's site, which would be the best for my card?


Answer:Driver not digitally signed so won't install

64bit Windows 7?

Out of all the available drivers on Twinhan's site, which would be the best for my card?
Click to expand...

The one written for Vista would be my choice, probably not one for W7 yet, may never be.

Looks like MS ha removed a way to disable unsigned drivers protection in Vista64, so probably is the same for 7
The issue is known to affect PeerGuardian, TV tuner cards, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, CD/DVD-ROM/RW drives, and many other devices.Click to expand...

Looks like unsigned drivers are a no go for x64 Vista and Windows 7, well there are some workarounds in the article above, sounds like a hassle.
Not sure if this software will work with W7

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Answer:Windows Drivers Digitally Signed

The fact that the drivers are not certified by Microsoft merely means that the vendor did not submit them for testing and pay the bill to do so.

Many perfectly good drivers are not certified -- so do not worry about that unless you actually have problems with the hardware.

Having said that there are two ways you can restore the old drivers in XP. One is to go to the Device in question in the Device Manager, open its properties dialog (double click it) and select "rollback driver" on the driver tab. Windows XP backs these up automatically when you make a change.

The second is to use System Restore to return to a prior date.

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I cant connect to the net with a hardwired conection. I have the correct drivers for my wireless adaptor however it blocks the install because its not signed. I could have sworn that users could turn that off. Any ideas? Bet im missing something stupid.

Answer:lynksys ae1000 not digitally signed?

I switched to my laptop. Problem solved lol

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Just as the title says, i got this game Tomb Raider - Underworld that wont work properly. I installed the game and the game starts but once it starts it crashes and i get a error. I reported the problem to the games manufacture and they said this =

We apologize for having difficulty with our game. Your system does meet the minimum requirements to play this game.
Unfortunately the problem is that your drivers are not digitally signed. In order for us to forward your information
we will need you to update your drivers. After you have updated the drivers please send up an updated DXDiag report
and we will forward your information to our product development team.

My PC is costumed built so i really can't contact a PC manufacture.
Can you help me?

Answer:How to make your drivers digitally signed?

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I am trying to use my recovery disks after installing a new hard drive. I keep getting these messages saying my drivers aren't digitally signed. Not sure how to fix this! Maybe corrupted recovery disks?

Answer:Digitally Signed Drivers with Recovery

hi again not sure if this will help you

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I'am having problems with viatech usb 2.0 drivers on win xp home edition. They're not digitally signed for one and these are the drivers they sent me with my asus a7v333 motherboard which is designed for amd xp processors and windows xp!! I cant find anything on asus's site or viatechs site about drivers for xp and my computer is hanging up alot and everytime I try to shut down I get the debuglog.dll end program message. also Ive been having problems playing games online which Im not sure if its the usb drivers causing it but I thought it might be since I have dsl and the modem plugs into the usb port. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Viatech Usb 2.0 Drivers Not Digitally Signed???

Hi there!

If XP says they're not signed...just install them anyway! XP just implemented USB 2.0 in SP-1.

When you get that message...just click "Continue Anyway" and load them up!

They should work fine!

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first to apologize if there is such thread and it's in wrong section, I was unable to find it. My problem is: I have V560  model name: 20069, MO Number: WB xxxxxxxx, and I installed w7 x64 ultimate. When I'm installing drivers from dvd that I received in box, I got message: driver is not digitally signed.... It's happening when installing bluetooth, wireless, camera. (I'm installing proper drivers).
I also tried to dowload from web site, but also got this message.
Did any one had this kind of problem and how did you solved??
Thanks for help.
Moderator Note; s/n edited for member's own protection

Answer:V560 drivers for w7 x64 not digitally signed

Hi mironso,
Thanks for posting and welcome to the Lenovo Community,
I?d like to help you with your issue and I need to ask you the DVD which came with the machine does it have any stickers indicating for which windows version is it windows 7 32bit or 64bit ?
And please check the below links for the drivers from the website and let us know when you install them what happen and if you can see the same error message:
For the Bluetooth:
For the Wireless:
For the Camera:
Hope the information helps. Let us know.


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So I just upgrade to Vista x64 and 4GB of memory (courtesy of OCZ).

However, when installing the x64 version of MagicDisc/MagicISO I get the following error:

Can I get around this?

Answer:Required Digitally Signed Driver?

Uhmmm... yes, you can by pressing F8 at boot time and choosing to ignore the warnings about unsigned drivers, but you have to do it each and every time you boot. There is a way to permanently disable that driver signing requirement but I'm leery to give out the info anymore since it hosed a few people's machines recently.

It wasn't my fault that they chose to continue using shitty old drivers, but they blamed me for the mistake they made anyway.

Vista x64 is a more secure and stable OS than the 32 bit version, and that's one of the primary reasons why: the driver signing requirement. Disabling it or 'getting around it' will more than likely end up causing you issues at some point.

Google can find the specific method to disable the signing requirement permanently, or a search here might find it since it's been posted about 3 times over the past 4 months or so.

Good luck, either way...

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Good evening,

I just reinstalled XP on a friends machine that was pooched. It is a Dell DIM4400. Everything is working except for the sound card. It is a built in sound card. When the computer boots up the new hardware wizard comes up asking for a driver for a realtek AC97 Audio device. I have tried everything I can to install the driver but each time I try I get an error that the driver is not digitally signed and it won't install. If I try in safe mode it installs but I get a blue screen upon startup and have to reboot. I do not have the orignial Dell cd but I have tried every driver from the Dell site that should work on this model of computer. I have updated the chip set drivers on the motherboard etc. I just can't get this sound card to work. Any advice??

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is it necessary to sign driver in win xp 32 sp2.

when i google i got that it is necessary for win vista , win7 and other upper version.

Answer:windows require a digitally signed driver xp 32 sp2

A signed driver is not necessary in Windows. It is an extra security layer, as drivers can become corrupt by malware. If you obtained the driver from a trusted source (like the device manufacturer's website), you can go ahead and tell Windows to install it.

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Bought a Clicksmart 310 Logitech cam for my new xp Toshiba, Satellite model. When I try to install, pop-up says the cam is not digitally signed and it may harm my hardware either now or in the future. This is the 2nd cam I bought and got the same message on the first one. Please help me. [email protected]

Answer:Webcam not digitally signed. The Box says it is xp compatible, but a warning pop-up.

This means that Microsoft has not certified the drivers themselves. If logitech is telling you it works in XP that means they have tested it. Make sure you are installing the latest drivers for the camera.

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Hi all, hoping this is the right subforum

I built a HTPC a few years ago and it had suited my needs fine. Relevant parts used are:
i3-3225 CPU,Scythe Big Shuriken 2 RevB,Asus P8-H77 Pro,2 x 4GB G.Skill Ares DDR3 1600 RAM,Samsung 830 Series 64Gb SSD (OS HDD),WD Cavier Green 2TB (Media HDD),

I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 but kept receiving errors, such as the partition was not GPT (0xc000021a). The one error that happens every time I tried to upgrade or install Windows 10 was winload.exe was not digitally signed. I wiped the drive, reformatted it as NTFS, converted to GPT and installed W10 from blank and still had the same winload.exe error. Right now I have put W7 Ultimate 64bit back on and am installing all the windows updates.

My question is, does anyone know why I keep get a winload.exe not digitally signed error? I have downloaded the W10 upgrade files numerous times, redownloaded the media creation tool, set clean boot, even tried downloading the upgrade and creating a usb drive with it from a different PC but same error.

Is there perhaps some upgrades that I should make my HTPC?

Answer:W7 Upgrade error - winload.exe is not digitally signed

Try turning secure boot off in bios.

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From what I know if these progams are running and they aren't digitally signed then they are most likely a form of a virus. I can manually find the official conhost.exe from windows/system32 and run it, that creates a separate instance of it running, making two, the official and the supposed virus. Neither of the supposed virus executables do not open any properties when I right click and select properties from the task manager, which is another red flag. I ran a fully updated malwarebytes scan and an avast scan outside of windows and had no returns of an infection. I could not find the location of the virus executables and I am looking for some help. Thanks.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.16428  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.45.2
Run by OJoe at 14:19:41 on 2014-01-10
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.16333.12327 [GMT -5:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
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Answer:conhost.exe and csrss.exe not digitally signed virus

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Hi all,

please can someone help me.....

I am trying to install my Adaptec 1430SA controller card, for use with Win7 64bit, i have been trying for hours !

I have now got as far as windows seeing the right driver for the card, but windows refusing the driver because it is not digitally signed... i have downloaded the correct driver from ensuring it was the driver for use with win7 64 bit...

i dont know what i should do now, ive tried booting from an ms dos diskette and loading the drivers that way, but nothing seems to work....


Answer:HELP! Driver is NOT digitally signed for Adaptec 1430SA

Hi press F8 when windows is starting and you can deactivate it for the time you are on, alas you have to do
it each time you reboot. Have to go will try help later.

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Answer:Digitally signed printer drivers with windows XP

I have a home network. All my machines were running Windows ME. I have an HP Deskjet895Cxi printer attached to one of the machines. I could print to the printer from any machine. Now I have a new machine running Windows XP and the printer is attached to this machine. I can print OK from the XP machine but none of the other ME machines can. I see in the printer properties that I can add a printer driver for ME but every time I try this (using the latest ME driver from HP)I get the message that the driver is not digitally signed and the driver is not loaded. How do I get a digitally signed driver for my printer?Alan

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help !!!! i was uninstalling what i thought were unimportant stuff & accidentaly uninstalled my sound manager can anyone tell me where i can find a Windows XP digitally signed Realtek AC?97 driver

Answer:help i need a Windows XP digitally signed Realtek AC’97 driver

Hi mate,
check what make/model is your Motherboard, visit manufacturers web site and download sound driver for that type of Motherboard...

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I have a macro in a .doc file developed in word 2002.
It runs OK with security settings "Run All" or "Ask before run", but if I sign the file with a certificate that I made myself (with SELFCERT.EXE), change the setting to "only run signed macros" the doc file will open without warnings, but the macro wont run.
What is missing?
With regards

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I've been having problems with BSODs (0x09F - happens before sleep mode, or during and 0x0E6 - which happens while I use the computer; it seems to happen when I'm downloading and/or installing anything) so I ran File Signature Verification, and rtnicprop64.dll came up as the only file not digitally signed, and 2 more files weren't scanned. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Diver Verification: rtnicprop64.dll not digitally signed

hi follow this : BSOD posting instrucs:
so someone can hopefully help you, even perhaps me.

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I recently purchased a new pc that came with win vista 64 bit premium home installed. I am now reloading all my old programs and I keep getting ?windows requires a digitally signed driver" error message. I also can't seem to play my old movie files, all of which played fine when I had Win XP. Apparently Vista does not want me to make my own decisions, so I am wondering how I might go about disabling all this extra secure vista crap. Can I go into Control panel and disable the BitLocker Drive Encryption? Or do I need uninstall 64bit and install the Vista 32 bit? Would that be a smooth transition? Would all my stuff work again if I had the less securitized 32bit Vista? Thanks for any help you may provide.

Answer:windows requires digitally signed driver

Welcome to the Vista forums

1) You don't want to disable UAC (User Account Control) as it does a lot to protect your computer from various malware. If you really feel the urge to turn it off, then you can in control panel in the User Account section. Once turned off, you'll get the red shield in the bottom right saying it's disabled. Disable security warnings by opening security centre and going to "change how security centre warns me" or something and choose the "no warnings" option.

2) Just download the Vista codec pack (just Google it and you should find it) and DivX and you should have no problems watching videos.

3) You can install unsigned drivers on Vista 64 bit, do this by running an elevated command prompt (right click on command prompt in Start menu and click "run as administrator".

Type this and press enter bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

When you reboot, you should be able to install unsigned drivers.
Also, I looked on the HP website for your computer, and it has 6GB RAM, so going to Vista 32bit would only allow you to use about 3.5GB RAM. I also saw it only has an Nvidia 6150e onboard graphic card. Are you using this? As if you upgraded this to a graphic card, you'd notice better performance on Vista as well.

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Trying to create a silent install package for the latest 32 bit video drivers (83d527ww.exe) and cannot because the drivers aren't digitally signed so you have to manually install them.  Is there a way to get the older driver Version which does not have this issue?


Go to Solution.

Answer:X220 Video Drivers not digitally signed

I had to uninstall and delete the older ones. Then I could install it

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I'm trying to install a program, but I says I can't install an unsigned driver.

Driver: CPU Core Temperature Monitor
Service: Logitech CPU Core Tempurature (not a typo)

I've tried Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in my bios, and DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS in cmd.

Neither works.

Answer:Need to bypass digitally signed driver requirement.

Go to Start Menu > Run and type the following command: bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON
Restart the PC and install the unsigned driver
After installation go to Start Menu > Run and type the following command: bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF
Restart your PC

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downloaded samsung magician and installed it. it started up and apparently i need some sort of digitally signed driver now?

"program compatibility assistant"

"samsung magician application resource
samsung india software operations

windows blocked installation of a digitally unsigned driver. uninstall the program that uses the driver, and control releasers website to get a signed version of the driver"

Answer:samsung magician need digitally signed driver

You don't need Magician for the drive to work just fine. You may not get all the advanced features, but the drive will be plenty fast.

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I cannot use the CD drive on my Laptop, the device manager shows the a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark in it. I have updated the driver but it still wont load and I get the following message from the device manager: Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39).

Any suggestions as to how to fix the problem?

Answer:CD drive of Satellite Pro A200 is not digitally signed?

Did you tried to remove the drive in the device manager?? That helps sometimes, because windows reinstalls in the most cases the previously removed (deleted) hardware.

Since when does the problem occur that your drive cannot be recognized?


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Um... So how do I remove/disable this stupid "feature" that only allows digitally signed drivers to be installed?
Most the drivers for my hardware is third party with no "proper" signed drivers.

Answer:Vista x64 forces digitally signed drivers?

Whenever i run across a non-digital signed driver i just get prompted. Its done that since XP SP2 i believe

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Why is everyone saying Vista 64-bit won't install unsigned drivers? I installed the latest beta driver from nvidia and Vista warned that it was unsigned but gave me an option to install anyway.

Am I missing something/misinterpretting this or was this only the case in the Beta/RC verisons of Vista and everyone keeps bringing it up (kind of like requiring UAC for changing backgrounds; people still say Vista does it)?

Answer:Digitally signed drivers required under Vista 64-bit?

Short answer: The effects of FUD.

Long answer: The truth is, it was never stated on any official documents that Vista wouldn't accept unsigned drivers. The real mechanism is how Vista handles such drivers, in that the permission level changes, but that's such a 'behind the scenes' object that some ppl though it cooler to just say, "NOEZ, the sky is falling!".

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The last few times I started my computer, the system comes with the warning:

"Windows requires a digitally signed driver
Driver: Broadcom NetDetect Driver
Service: BASFND
Publisher: Broadcom Corporation
Location: C:\Program Files\Bra...\BASFND.sys"

Windows suggests to uninstall the program or device that uses this driver and check the publishers support site to get a digitally signed driver.

The problem is that I have no idea of which program or hardware is using this driver. All the drivers I have installed in my computer are from the computer manufacturer.
I have also been at Broadcoms homepage and there is plenty of things to download there. But I dont want to ruin anything.

Suggestions on what to do?

System: Windows Vista 64

Answer:Windows requires a digitally signed driver

Broadcom is your onboard ethernet, I don't see why it would suddenly complain unless there was an update.:confused You can disable driver signing but it only cures the symptom and not the cause.

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downloaded samsung magician and installed it. it started up and apparently i need some sort of digitally signed driver now?

"program compatibility assistant"

"samsung magician application resource
samsung india software operations

windows blocked installation of a digitally unsigned driver. uninstall the program that uses the driver, and control releasers website to get a signed version of the driver"

Answer:samsung magician need digitally signed driver

You don't need Magician for the drive to work just fine. You may not get all the advanced features, but the drive will be plenty fast.

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to install windows and I have a MSI 890FXA-GD70 [product page] that is setup with a functioning RAID 0 configuration. My issue is when I get to the step where you select your hard drive, it doesn't show up.

So I click "Load Drivers" and select the x64 raid driver I got from MSI. It shows up, then I click next and then the error message comes up: "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers....etc"

I restarted and spammed f8 to get into advance startup options. I selected "Disable digital driver signing"

However that did not fix the problem.

Does anyone have any tips or a solution?

Answer:Digitally Signed Raid Drivers bypass [MSI, x64]

I have rt seven lite, I was going to load a custom registry file but my laptop has 7 home so no gpedit.msc

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Hi all, Following device:ThinkPad E531Graphics: Intel HD 4000System: Win7 Pro Following problem:1) Approx. 2 month ago a windows update caused a problem with the hdmi at my laptop. There was no connection to the TV possible anymore (I tried the TV, the cable and the hdmi device already).2) I installed a new driver (origin: Lenovo support page). Result: Windows messages that the driver is not digitally signed...Hence, the device "vga save" was set. What I've already tried, everything as admin:1) look for older drivers: Got only one and it didn't work2) Tried to install a driver directly from Intel: Didn't work3) Tried to disable the signing (GPEdit.msc -  code signature ...). Here I had the problem that I even have no line with the code signature to set the ignore property4) Tried to install the drivers (Intel and Lenovo) in the testmode. The waring message about unsigned drivers came5) Tried to create a certificate. Here the cmd said the command is not known.6) Tried to install the drivers (Intel and Lenovo) after setting the "TESTSIGNING" off (BCDEdit). The waring message about unsigned drivers came My question:Any ideas or similar experiences?I can not believe that the Lenovo or Intel drivers are not signed. But why Windows does not accept them?Is the available update to Win10 an option? Generally: Failure F40 (the failure is 40 cm in front of the monitor) is not excluded  Thank you very much in advance.Regards,Stefan 

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Windows Vista x64 decided to implement a 'security measure' by which all drivers must be 'digitally signed' to be allowed to install and run. I have a program which is compatible with Vista and x64 bit operating systems, however as its drivers are not digitally signed I cannot run it correctly - I recieve the message 'Windows requires a digitally signed driver' and access to the driver is blocked.

Is there a method of bypassing this?

Answer:'Windows requires a digitally signed driver' - How can I bypass this?

When you boot your system hit F8 and you can bypass it there. You will have to do this every boot. There are a couple applications out there that will do this for you but the names escape me right now.

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Someone else had this issue but their thread was closed with no answer posted on the forum. I have recently upgraded to Outlook 2010 from Outlook 2000. I am running Windows XP SP3. I am familiar with the proper way to exchange digitally signed and encrypted emails and have done it for a long time and it always worked fine on Outlook 2000. Since upgrading to Outlook 2010, I get no error message and neither do the recipients of my emails, however, the emails that I receive have no text in the body of the emails. I If the email is only signed and not encrypted, I can read the body of the email on my blackberry though, therefore, I know the text is there. If on my computer (and therefore on my outlook 2010) the body is blank. An encrypted email is unreadable on my blackberry.

I am NOT running Outlook Exchange and that is the only information I can find on the web. It is too bad that the other gentleman asking the same question in January 2011 did not post the solution to his problem on this forum, or maybe he never got a solution? Hope someone can help me. Thanks-

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I'm really getting tired of having to f8 every time I boot up to game to turn off digitally signed drivers so I can use rivatuner. This is BS and I would really like to disable this permanently.

Help is VERY much appreciated!

Thanks in advance

Answer:How can I permanently force digitally signed drivers OFF in vista 64?

Remove updates KB938979 and KB938194
Command line / run as administrator
type: bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
restart PC

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I have x220 with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Device manager shows under Storage Controllers "Ricoh PCIe SDXC/MMC host controller," but there is a yellow triangle with "!" and a Device Status Code 52 message "Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device." I checked in C:\Drivers\WIN\Multicard and found two *.cat files--which, I understand, are required to confirm digital signature. Each of them ( and has a signed and valid certificate! So what is going on? Will the card reader work? Is there something wrong with how Windows 7 is treating the Ricoh driver, which I downloaded from the Lenovo site? Why should I be getting this grief?


Go to Solution.

Answer:Ricoh card reader driver-not digitally signed?

Perhaps the driver is damaged?
Try deleting the Ricoh PCIe SDXC/MMC host controller from the Device Manager and then restarting the computer in order to let the Device Manager re-detect it and re-install the device drivers.  Does that solve the problem?
Aryeh Goretsky

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i have problem with some of the messages received from out of my organisation.When i try to open

these messages in outlook 2003, it is showing a error message"Can't open this item. Your Digital ID

name can not be found by the underlying security system.". But this is not the case if i open the

message using Outlook Web Access.

Can any body help me in this regard.

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I Recently upgraded several XP sp3 workstations from Outlook 2000 to 2010. When receiving an email with a digital certificate from a existing sender the contents of the email are blank but also get no certificate error messages. Email correspondence before with Outlook 2000 on same PCs was fine. Any help in this matter will be much appreciated.

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Hi.I am having a Z580 (Windows 7 65 bit home premium) laptop.Recently I am experincing many problems with my wireless adapter.After a few seconds of switching on, wireless symbol will show "Limited Access". I will try troubleshooting, but the system will hang and i have to force it to shutdown.So I have un-installed the wireless driver and re-installed it. But now the same "Limited Access" happens and when i troubelshoot, (Reseting wireless adapter) the adapter goes off and it is shown that "Adapter is experiencing driver or hardware related problems". When i looked into device manager it is shown that ""This device cannot start .Code10"". Also when i checked the details, it is showing that "'the driver is not digitally signed"".Please help me solve this issue asap.

Answer:Wireless Adapter is not working (Code 10) "Driver is not digitally signed"

Update : If i put laptop in sleep after wireless becomes "Limited access"  after 10-15 mins if i reopen it, wifi is connected normally and it works! but for a period less than 10 mins.. After that again "Limited access" is coming and nothing will load!!! it is becoming a serious issue plz help

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This is more of a bug report rather than a question.

When installing the latest version of Message Analyzer 1.4 (Build 4.0.8110.0) on a clean installation of Windows 10 Pro (Build 14393.222), it shows an error saying 'A Digitally Signed Driver Is Required' Message Analyzer -- WFP Callout Driver.
I'm guessing maybe due to the new driver signing requirements in Windows 10 1607 Anniversary Update...

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When I downloaded/installed Everest Home Edition I got and error message shown in the attached image although Everest seems to work fine. How do I make Vista accept non-digitally signed drivers that I trust?This is on my HP 6715b in specs, Vista Business x64[regaining space - attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Everest Home Edition download. Message = driver not digitally signed

To be on the safe side, reckon the download was ruined by some kind of malicious software. Perhaps on your system.Ask a friend to download it and see if he gets the same thing.EDIT:Just did download from the majorgeeks. Works on both XP and Vista. Scanned with Avast and no threat found.You have malware. Or a bad download.

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Hi all,
I am wondering how do I digitally sign my driver so that it can be installed on a Win7 Ultimate SP1 in a VMWare virtual machine. I have used Visual Studio 2013 to sign my driver and cat files using a certificate I obtained from GlobalSign. Both of these
files passed the signtool check, but when trying to install in this virtual machine it generates an error code 52.
Thanks in advance for any help

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This driver (or part of it) is not digitally signed, hence during silent install in SCCM TS Windows 7 x64 it will "hang" waiting to accept the unsigned driver (NOT during Apply drivers, but Sequence that runs setup.exe - I install ALL graphics drivers this way!)
Had top revert to previous version
Intel HD, 5300, 5500, 6000, 515, 520, 530, P530, Iris 540 Graphics Driver,, A05
to be able to do silent install!
Somebody else might have noticed?

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Hello everyone.

Recently I kept getting this popup saying *A digitally signed driver is required*

How do I find out what program is using this unsigned driver to remove this popup?

Answer:How to solve "digitally signed driver is required"

Any warnings in Device Manager ?

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Hello everyone.

Recently I kept getting this popup saying *A digitally signed driver is required*

How do I find out what program is using this unsigned driver to remove this popup?

Answer:How to solve "digitally signed driver is required"

Any warnings in Device Manager ?

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OneDrive on my laptop is showing that I am not signed in. I have verified that I am signed into my Microsoft account, and I can access OneDrive online and on my phone.

Answer:Why is OneDrive on my laptop showing as not signed in when I am signed in on all other devices?

I'm not 100% sure, but I believe you might have to sign in separately on your laptop for it.

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When I attempt to play an Audio CD I am prompted with the following dialog: We have determined that Windows Media Player cannot accurately read your CD drive digitally. Windows Media Player will therefore switch to reading your CD drive in analog mode. Your CDs will play, but the following items will not work when playing CDs: Visualizations, SRS Wow effect, Graphic Equalizer.

Could someone please explain what's happening all of a sudden? WMP was playing fine until recently.

Someone suggested that I change my drive designations back to default. I recently switched letter designations for my burner and my DVD-ROM drive. I attempted to switch them back by going to Device Manager but was unable to. My CF Card reader had taken over one of the previous letter designations of one of the other two drives. So I went into Device Manager to straighten things out, but now I can't even find my CF Card reader listed. It was there before! In fact, it still works, but for some reason it's not showing up in Device Manager. I find all of this really confusing. If I could find it perhaps I could get the three letter designations back to what they ought to be, and maybe then WMP would work properly.

I would really appreciate help with this very annoying problem.

Thank you,

Answer:[Solved] Windows Media Player cannot read CD drive digitally

Okay, I solved my own problem again. All I had to do was go into Device Manager > CD-ROM and remove something called NERO-IMAGEDRIVE 2. Doing so allowed me to switch my D and E drives back to their default settings. I had recently reversed them and found that I couldn't switch them back until I first got rid of IMAGEDRIVE 2.

Anymore it seems that every day I have another annoying problem pop up, some undoubtedly of my own making.

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Have just been checking under System Tools - System Information and there are no Signed Drivers listed at all. Is this why my applications are not working properly? Thanks.

Answer:System Information/Signed Drivers

Probably has nothing to do with it. Do you have services disabled?

If the drivers came from reputable sources, the "signing" is irrelevant.

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When I sign on my Windows 7 Pro laptop to the 5G channel of my Netgear R7000 router my cabled desktop PC can access its files. But not when I switch the laptop to the 2.5G channel. The laptop can access the internet through either channel.

Why the difference and how can I fix it?

Answer:I can share laptop's files when it's signed on 5G, not 2.5G channel.

Check the drivers Advanced option settings on your PC and laptop.
Depending on the driver some can use both, (2.4 & 5) others cant.


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I have an XP machine that won't run SymNRT.exe (Norton Antivirus removal tool)
I keep getting a little window that says the file is not signed.
Does anyone know how to resolve this?

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Was signed in to Messenger this morning and had a message pop up saying that I was signed on to another computer. I don't have another computer here. How can I find out what is going on? I am about to change my password, but don't know if that will make a difference. Does this mean that some is hacking me?????? Please help. Don't know what to do from here.

Answer:Solved: Signed in on another computer

Do this:
go to , and download 'Hijack This!'.....
Unzip it to its own folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
Press that, save the log somewhere, and please copy & paste its contents to the forum.

It will possibly show other issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.
Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.

If you have anything disabled by MSConfig or any other startup manager, please re-enable it before scanning to post.

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Hi all ... a while since i've been here.... anyway - - -

Weird problem with client computer ...
Dell 4550 P4 2.53GHz
512 MB ddram pc2700
video is nVidia GeForce4 MX420

Computer is running Windows XP..
It has two Administrator accounts .. no guest acct

When you sign on to the first account, everything is ok....
Sign on to second account ... everything appears ok ..
Go out of second and back into the first accout (2nd acct still signed in)
First account, font is all weird, hard to read, pieces of letters very light or missing and font is real small. - - - Went into settings, nothing has changed.
Went into second account, the same as first account ... font is weird

one more thing.... If you restart, it all goes back to normal

Any ideas on this???
Happens every time.
Seems to function normally in other respects.
Would appreciate any suggestions .... Thanks!!

Answer:Solved: WinXP-When 2nd account is signed in, font goes wacky

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I signed into Onenote to try it out using my MS password, which I haven't used in years. It was autofilled with a password manager, so I don't even know what it is. Then when I rebooted my computer, I found my MS password automatically applied to my computer!

Used my mobile to reset it, which wasn't difficult. But the idea of this alone is ridiculous.

What's the best way to direct my vitriol at Microsoft? Is there an input link that they actually respond to?

Answer:Signed in Onenote, computer locked! solved, but how to complain to MS?

tvanhorne said:

I signed into Onenote to try it out using my MS password, which I haven't used in years. It was autofilled with a password manager, so I don't even know what it is. Then when I rebooted my computer, I found my MS password automatically applied to my computer!

Used my mobile to reset it, which wasn't difficult. But the idea of this alone is ridiculous.

What's the best way to direct my vitriol at Microsoft? Is there an input link that they actually respond to?

I don't see the point, complaining to Microsoft about your own mistakes? In signing in to OneNote you have yourself selected to switch your local Windows account to a Microsoft account. What happened next is also not Microsoft's fault; if you trust password managers too much, not remembering your own password, it's your own fault.

I happened to reply to a post a few days ago regarding signing in to OneNote, someone else wanted to give the OneNote app a go. Below a quote of a part of that reply of mine, I have removed the parts not relevant to your issue to keep the quote shorter:

Kari said:


7.) Open Windows 10 OneNote app. If you sign in to Windows with a Microsoft (MS) account, jump to step 11. If you sign in with a local account click Personal Microsoft Account:
8.) Sign in to your MS account:

9.) Enter your Windows password, click Sign in to just this app instead:

This is important! Do not ... Read more

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I signed into Onenote to try it out using my MS password, which I haven't used in years. It was autofilled with a password manager, so I don't even know what it is. Then when I rebooted my computer, I found my MS password automatically applied to my computer!

Used my mobile to reset it, which wasn't difficult. But the idea of this alone is ridiculous.

What's the best way to direct my vitriol at Microsoft? Is there an input link that they actually respond to?

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The older I get the more I seem to forget. I know I can see all the files loaded at startup by going thru msconfig and listed under startup. If you accidently turn something off and later try to use whatever program needs it will it load then or do you have to go back and reboot. So much loads and sometimes is never used and these files are then a drag. Right?


Answer:Solved: Solved: Hidden files running on system

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Often someone recommend re-installing Windows XP. My computer came with XP installed and no system dick included. Is there a way to copy XP to a disk in case I have to re-install it?

Answer:Solved: XP system files

system dick?? Sorry i just couldn't resist. Hope you get the help you need.

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I posted a similar question in the software forum, but it may get more help here...

Anyway, I am needing to know if (and how) you can limit or restrict access to a program that runs on the Windows System File level from other user accounts, including other system Admins.

Thanks for any help you can give...

Answer:Solved: XP System Files Access...

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So I recently found out that when you do a System Restore, not all your files are kept; anything in My Documents will be untouched, but everything else runs the risk of being deleted. This recently cost me some very important files. Anyway I got these back from elsewhere, but my question is, can I set up System Restore so that it only restores the registry and stuff, whithout touching ANY of my files (not only those in My Documents, I rarely use that folder for some reason)? Or at least to make it so it doesn't touch a specific folder other that My Documents?

Answer:Solved: Is it possible to keep ALL my files after system restore?

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In my 'windows' folder I have 5 files, all the same size (2 169 888), just named y, s, 8, 7 and 3. Can someone tell me the function of these please. They were all created on the same date and time.



Answer:Solved: XP windows system files

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 20 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2666 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 281129 MB, Free - 238054 MB; D: Total - 19850 MB, Free - 2098 MB; E: Total - 4055 MB, Free - 935 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3577
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I went to the website and I used the system file checker. At the conclusion of the run, the reply was :
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not supported in offline servicing scenarios.
So from here I went down the website page to how to view details of the System File Checker process. These two items could not be repaired:
2014-02-19 04:33:41, Info CSI 00000823 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version = 6.3.9600.16384, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type = [l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2014-02-19 04:33:43, Info CSI 00000825 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\C... Read more

Answer:Solved: Corrupted System Files

1. press the windows key + x
select cmd prompt Admin
or open a cmd prompt with admin rights however you normally do there are many ways
When you have the cmd prompt window open and it must be one that has the heading bar - administrator command prompt

copy and paste this into the window

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

and press enter
you should receive the response
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool etc and a flashing cursor
wait for that to complete
approx. 15 minutes

you should hopefully then receive the restore operation completed successfully and all being well - the corruption was repaired

type exit press enter and reboot

2. Open the admin prompt again and run the sfc /scannow again
what is the result please

3. You did not by the way issue the correct cmd
takeown /f Path_And_File_Name
Click to expand...

that means the file indicated in the log that cannot be repaired
NOT the LOG itself

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Current setup: Both sets of computers are now networked together.
Set A are running Win XP for Home, Each have a 200 GB HDD
Set B are running Win XP Pro - Each had a 80 GB HDD (Dell SX280)

I have a non-networked Fantom 1 TB USB HDD, which can be used for temporary storage.
(Somehow, 6 months of archived backups got wiped out, and left me with no clue as to how that happened.! Had to reformat and start over again!)

Set B have no Write to CD nor DVD capability, and the Desktops (Dell SX280) CD/DVD Player cannot be easily changed out (it resembles a Notebooks CD Player).

The end goal is to have the data and updates on one computer be transferred to a second computer, in much the same way as synchronizing files would work.

I wonder if anyone has resolved this issue before, of Synchronizing two computers?
Linkyo (SuperMediaStore) sells a device that allows any HDD to be interfaced via the USB port to a computer.

The scenario is I have two computers, A (Win XP Home) and B (Win XP Pro) , A is used for 6- 8 months of the year, and B is used for 6 - 4 months of the year, widely separated. I want to work on A and then have whatever changes I make on A synchronized onto B, so that I can continue the work as if no change occurred.

For normal file synchronization, I use Karen's Replicator which does file synchronization very well. I also used to use a now unsupported program called "Carbon Copy" which did remote access and control as well as file synchronization.

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Answer:Solved: PC to PC System Files Synchronization.

Updates have to be installed, just like programs. You can't copy them from one PC to another.
The data files can be copied using any of the tools you mentioned. They can be synchronized over the network, or copied to the external drive to be moved between the PCs.



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Hi everyone! New here. I have a 40GB HD and a 120GB HD, both internal. Windows XP is running on my 40GB with everything else I have stored (media files, other software, etc). My 120 is currently completely empty because I haven't used it yet.

I read a thread on here about cloning my main drive to put it on the larger one and partitioning it so that the OS and only essentials are running off the smaller primary partition and the rest that's not so important (which will mostly just be media files) will be on the secondary partition.

Then I thought to myself well... that's kind of what I'm trying to do right now, just not on the same drive, by having my XP and daily software (office, etc) running on the 40GB and using the 120GB mostly for storage.

Unfortunately, I'm not so familiar with system files and such to know what on my 40GB can just be moved to the other one and what has to stay, so here's my question.

Is there any software that can scan or tips on how to basically tell what files on my 40GB (my C: drive) are purely system files, files required for my essential software installed on there to run so that I can just copy everything ELSE to my other drive instead of cloning everything?

I basically want my 40GB HD to be as if the only thing on it is my OS, like I had formatted it and did a fresh install of the OS (which I can't since I don't have the disks for XP, it came preinstalled on my system) but instead of deleting the rest of the stuff, I want to move ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Move Non-System Files to New HD?

I don't know of any software that can do what your trying to do. But you can right click on your my documents folder choose properties then move it to you other hard drive. Windows may halt the move with an error about not being able to move a specific file. But by that time your my documents folder is already pointed to the new my documents folder on the new drive so you can manually cut and paste the rest of your documents over. To help avoid the error do the move after a reboot or in safe mode if possible. you can also cut and paste any other files over at your discretion if they are in folders not contained in your documents folder. Leave your windows folder and your programs folder alone.

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Merry Christmas everyone!
I suddenly have 9 windows system files, each of 2619888kb, all labelled with various letters of the alphabet. This has filled my drive!!!! Is it safe to deleate these and how can it be done. I'm sure it has somethig to do with relabelling a partition on my other drive. All these files were created at the same time.

Can anyone help here?



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I have just finished a defrag using diskeeper, and find that the low performing sytem files has increased 4 fold. I had done this after changing my Anti Virus Software.

How do I fix this problem?:

Answer:[SOLVED] Low Performing System Files

Define "low performing system files" please.

You may be worried about nothing here.......

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My son, age 11, was messing with the computer and now when I boot up or log on the C:\windows\system32 appears on top of the normal desktop. When I close it everything seems OK but it is annoying to have this happen. Does anyone know how to turn this off? Thanks for any help.

Answer:Solved: System files on startup

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So I recently got a SeaGate 1TB external hard drive and am very confused as to what I am to do.

I see windows vista offers to Backup files and also create a restore point. However, what is the difference between the two?

My next question is that when I am doing the backup, it takes a super long time to do. Is there a way to exclude certain folders/files from the backup? I only want certain files backed up, how would I do this?

Answer:Solved: System Restore vs Backing Up Files

The restore point, is not really a back up. It is a tool that will restore settings and files to a previous state. In case of a virus infection for example, or an acciental deletion. A back up is a means of storing files incase of a hardware failure. An External is also a good place to store an image of the hard drive for the same thing, but is a better way to restore the entire hard drive in that it take much less time than installng the OS, Programs, Settings, Updates and data than starting fresh when replacing a malfunctioning (burned out for example) hard drive. Starting fresh with a new drive can take hours. Restoring an image of a drive to a new drive can be done an 15 minutes to a half an hour. You have a seagate external You can download Disk Wizard from Seagate Here to Image your hard drives to the External. This is free.

Making Back ups of important files such as Text documents, Photos, Music Files, is important To do this all you have to do is decide which files are important to you and copy those files to a folder on your external. I would also suggest Copying them to another media, such as DVD+r discs. Remember if the file is important to you, you should have at least 2 external copies besides the one on your computer.

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Help deleting stubborn system files Hi, newbie here.

I want to delete a folder of junk that has manifesed itself on one of my external drives. I appeared after a crash (I expect) and is contains *.dll and *.inf files.

(they may have been generated resulting from a BestCryp crash)

I get a warning telling me I don't have permissions to delete.

How can I bypass this and take charge of my own computer?

Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

Answer:Solved: Help deleting stubborn system files

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i had problems with the bsod and reinstalled windows XP Pro but unfortunately instead of repairing the original version I installed a new copy in a new partition so now i have my operating system as drive e: and all my data and programs etc on c: (machine boots from e: without problems)

how do i either fix the original one or copy the necessary windows data from e: to c:

i am not sure that if i change the bios to make it boot from c: will i not just be going back to the problems i had in the first place


Answer:[SOLVED] move/copy system files

Hi Eddie and welcome to TSF !

Boot on the XP CD and this time try to repair your old installation (c:). Make sure the option you get is "press R to repair the selected installation" else you risk losing your personal data. Once that's done, if c: and e: are on different physical drive then change the boot order to your old drive in the BIOS and see how it goes. If c: and e: are on the same drive then you may need to edit the boot.ini file to boot on c:, report here and we'll tell you more about that if needed.

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Hi everyone. I have been posting questions pertaining to a poor startup (around 10 min). I've done all that I can think up to optimize my computer. I even installed firefox. Still poor startup. I noticed when I did a scan on Diskeeper it shows alot of low system files. Is there any way to deal with low system files? Thanks

Answer:Solved: Poor startup and low system files

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I Have propriety system (DELL) that I've been working on that was in need of a memory up grade and so forth. Was doing a little cleaning with an uninstaller software removing some Items completely on this system when by my own fault destroyed some of the system files and didn't not find out till after a reboot. I am still able to boot to Windows but the user accounts Icons are gone from the login screen. All I have is the Windows XP screen without the login accounts. Have tried Safe Mode same circumstance and Last and Known settings from the Windows Advanced Option Menu. Was needing some Ideas on how to replace the files I deleted which when I deleted them I sent them to the Recycle Bin but since I can no longer log on can't get there. I was wondering if I could run System File Checker (sfc.exe) from the Windows Advanced Option Menu Safe Mode with Command Prompt and maybe replace the system files that way ? If I can would I need to have a system disk handy ?

If I have too as a last resort I could run a windows system repair with the with a windows CD . I have one that I slipped streamed with sp3 since I did noticed that the operating system was basically up to date .
Any help would be Great . If I need more info here please let me know.

Answer:Solved: Windows System Files Missing

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hello......i am running windows 7 ultimate recently installed. i am trying to install a PLC software called PL7 pro on my laptop. when i try to install it says as
"config.nt the system file is not suitble for running MS-DOS and microsoft windows applications. choose 'close' to terminate the application."

same program is working in another windows 7 laptop.

please help.....

laptop details: dell inspiron 5521
i5 processor
4 gb ram
windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.

Answer:[SOLVED] config.nt system files not suitable

Hi and welcome to TSF from what I can find, this is not meant for win 7 and was in fact xp or older windows compatible, you might be able to use it using xp mode Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
That is all I can suggest to work around the issue.

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My old computer was on its last leg and so I went in to Geek squad so that they could back up most of my files, journal and my resume. Now that I have a new computer w/ Win 7, I tried to retrieve my resume from MS works and was unable to do so. Prompt came up to open tasks and go into History, but my resume is not listed. Can some one please help me retrieve my resume? They used Roxio software and so I have 2 discs


Answer:Solved: Retrieving back up files to new system

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my AVG once iv installed it, it found some infected files but wn i try to remove it, it pops a warning that the removal might cause a system crash or wt so ever ..
so what shall i do ... do i have to provide any other information ?
i use win XP SP2
thanks in advance

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So my problem is:

-Windows media does not open and when i try to play a song i get the "server execution failed"
-i have tried various solutions on the internet from disabling windows media network sharing to reinstalling wmp with no luck

-Media player classic has "failed to query the needed interfaces for playback" error when trying to play any video or audio
-i have tried reinstalling CCC and it is the only codec pack i use

-I am unable to uninstall 90% of my programs as it gets an error that says "the program may have already been uninstalled, would you like to remove it from the list"
-i have never deleted programs without uninstalling them and when i try uninstall any random program i get that error

I have already reformatted twice with a clean windows installation but after about 1 week it gets the exact same errors. For example, my computer is working perfectly on a Friday so i leave for home (as i live on residence) and when i get back the following monday i get all these errors. (my computer was turned off all weekend)

I have scanned for viruses or malware/spyware and my computer works perfectly before this. i have not installed any programs or drivers recently.

i have also tried to use sfc /scannow to fix the errors but upon restart i get a nvvsvc.exe runtime error and a black screen.

-Intel i5 760 @ 3.5ghz - 54 degrees max temperature
-Asus Maximus III Gene
-MSI Geforce GTX460 Hawk
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Answer:Solved: Windows 7 corrupt system files?

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i was trying to install vista transform pack and it said something about it having an error about it conflicing with a hotfix and gave a link to get around the problem which envolved editing system files(user32.dll) well i named one of the files wrong so when i did the last step which was

* Select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" with your arrow keys and hit Enter.
* After you log in, you will be faced with the command prompt. Type the drive letter where you installed Windows (usually "C"), followed by ":" (without the quotes) and hit enter. Thus, most users would type "C:" and hit enter in this step; but if you installed Windows to drive "D", you would type "D:" and press enter.
* Type "cd \Windows\system32" and press enter (note that there is a backslash before "Windows" in this command; be sure to type it too!).
* Type "ren user32.dll user32_old.dll && ren user32_new.dll user32.dll" and press enter.
* Reboot.
If you did everything right so far, "user32.dll" is now your modified version. You can check by looking at the file date.

it said error ....file doesnt exist, because i named it wrong so i was going to just restart my computer and fix the spelling and now my computer just keeps restarting after the windows loading screen a blue screen appears for a blink so i cant read what it says i have an ultimate boot cd so i can acces my files etc. but i have n... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Need Major help messed up system files

this is the site it gave me if that helps at all

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As I selling my laptop, I want to clear files from the hard drive and I need to know if a System restore will do this?

Can files be retrieved if the laptop has been restored?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: Can I retrieve files after doing a system restore?

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Recently performed a System Restore...or was it System Recovery (I can't remember).

In any case, I chose the option of backing up the files to the hard drive.

I can see the files through Explorer (C:backup\mybackup\owner) however, when I try to open the files it says that it is not accessible and access denied.

My guess is that because I had a password on the 'owner' user account, it is protecting files.

That being said, how can I restore / retrieve the files?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Solved: Recovering files from System Restore

Don't know if this will help but try taking ownership of the folder/files:

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