x64-based Vista systems will require digitally signed drivers

Microsoft has announced that any kernel-mode software running Windows Vista x64 must be digitally signed. Besides the announcement, Microsoft also released a Word document that covers the signing process for kernel-mode code in Vista.


For Vista, the digital signing of kernel-mode code means that:


- only administrators can install unsigned drivers
- drivers that stream protected content must be signed
- unsigned kernel-mode software will not run on x64-based systems
-anyone wishing to write drivers for Vista must have a Publisher Identity Certificate (PIC) from Microsoft.



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2 Responses to x64-based Vista systems will require digitally signed drivers

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  • Ben says:

    I really love how none of my device work in x64 especially my M$ intellipoint devices! What was M$ thinking with this x64 nonsense? “The 64-bit OS will be faster and more stable… Oh but you can’t use any of the old devices, emulators, drivers or peripherals from the 32-bit version.” Gee thanks!

    For example. If my cheap, ebay-acquired, chinese DVR card doesn’t work, I need a Publisher Identity Certificate (PIC) from Microsoft to write drivers for it!? Or even worse I have to get the chinese to do it…?

    Keep up the great work guys.

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