Microsoft Driver Signing Certificates

Publishing Drivers for Microsoft Windows

Whether you need a certificate to sign drivers for a plug and play device or some other peripheral for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 for 32-bit or 64-bit Operating Systems we've got you covered. You can sign a driver that will be trusted by any modern version of Windows so your customers can kiss the warnings telling them their drivers not being from a trusted company goodbye.

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft made a very important security requirement that all drivers be signed by a trusted certificate authority before they can be used on a computer. This is beneficial for your users for a couple of reasons. First they know that the driver that they're getting and running on their computer is going to work because it comes from you. Second they can count on the fact that when they run the driver program and see that it's signed (i.e. published) by YourCompany, Inc. they won't have to worry about any viruses or malware infecting their system when they just think they're getting harmless driver files.

If anyone tries modifying your driver files after you release and sign them, then the signature on the install program would no longer be valid, and instead of it showing YourCompany, Inc., your customers will see that it's from an Unknown Source which means it shouldn't be trusted.

This is great because it helps customers trust your products and the software they use to interface with Windows and will help build keep your brand rock solid, because when you release your drivers and they work as intended without anyone being able to reverse engineer them and insert nasty malware or viruses that will compromise their computers.

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Driver Signing Certificate Features

You will get all of the following when you buy a driver signing certificate from DigiCert:

  • The ability to sign driver packages. You get exactly what we're advertising, the ability to sign Windows Drivers for the lifetime of your certificate (the drivers will be valid indefinitely after signing them). These drivers will then be valid for whichever version of Windows you're releasing them to support (x86 or 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7).

  • Get an Authenticode Platform certificate. Because we want to make things as easy as possible for our customers, you can reissue your Code Signing Certificate for Microsoft Authenticode Signing for free (see the heading 'Reissue for an Authenticode Certificate' for details).

  • Customer Support that's there. During our very business-friendly support hours you can call, email or use our LiveChat for help with any problems or questions you have. Also when you call, there's no menu, no-hold, you go straight to support to someone with the experience to help you out.