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Signed drivers required for Windows Vista 64 bit

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Jan-2007 08:02

And reality sinks in... Windows Vista 64 bit is nice, but the lack of drivers is annoying. Note that is not exactly the lack of signed drivers, but Windows Hardware Quality Labs signed drivers.

For example I tried using the very good Hamachi virtual private network product (now a LogMeIn product) and it simply won't work on Microsoft Windows Vista 64 bit as it is.

You see, Hamachi uses the developer signing, which certifies the software is legitimate. But Microsoft Windows Vista 64 bit requires WHQL signed drivers, which are on signed after passing tests from Microsoft or affiliates. There are lots of guidelines listed here.

It is a pain for consumers who need to migrate from a 32 but environment to the 64 bit platform. People have been complaining about rogue applications and drivers, but the processes are not being followed, so users are left out in the cold. I have for example three programs I want to install that simply won't work on my current 64 bit machine and there is no (good) alternative to these tools.

You can go around this requirements if in each boot you press F8 and select the option to install and run non-signed drivers. But this is not persistent and in the next boot the user needs to press F8 again and repeat.




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