How to install incompatible drivers on Windows 10

Windows 10 boasts awesome features and easy functionality. That’s why it has become trendy in the past year globally. People appreciate the new OS but often complain that since they have upgraded their Windows 7 or 8 OS to Windows 10, their hardware accessories such as Monitor, Printers, or Speakers aren’t working fine. This problem occurs because of the non-compatibility of your hardware’s driver with the latest OS. Although many third-party Driver Updater software is available in the market, most of them are not authorized by Microsoft. Here in this article, we are trying to provide a solution to Install incompatible Drivers on Windows 10

How to install incompatible drivers on Windows 10

There are multiple ways to install non-compatible drivers in Windows 10, i.e., driver signature not approved by Microsoft. Since there worked fine before an update, it should work now as well. Keeping in mind, there wasn’t a drastic change.

  1. Troubleshoot compatibility
  2. Disable Driver Signature Check

Create System Restore before going ahead.

1] Troubleshoot compatibility

Suppose you have a printer used to work fine with your previous Windows, but now you have upgraded to Windows 10. Here is how to install it and replace the generic drivers.

  • Go to the website of the Printer’s OEM
  • Enter the category of your product
  • Enter the model number and search for the driver
  • Most manufacturers have updated their drivers for Windows 10 but even if it doesn’t say anything like that, download the driver.
  • Now connect your printer through a USB port.
  • Right-click on the driver file, which is saved on your computer
  • Select Troubleshoot Compatibility from the list

Troubleshoot Compatibility Drivers

Program compatibility trouble-shooter Windows will open up

  • Select Troubleshoot program
  • Put a Check on the first box that says—The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now.
  • Hit Next, and then Select Windows 7/Windows 8.1 from the list and hit Next
  • Click on Test the Program

The system will take permission to install, allow the OEM to make changes to your computer. The driver will be installed automatically, and your Printer will be ready to use thereafter.

2] Install Unsigned Drivers by disabling Signature Check

  • Access the charms bar by pressing Windows key + C
  • Click on the Power button. It will give you three options
  • Hold the Shift key and Press Restart
  • It will bring another screen where you need to hit Troubleshoot

Advanced troubleshoot mode in Windows 10

  • Go to Advanced Options

Windows Recovery Advanced Options

  • Then go to Startup Settings

Change Startup Settings in Windows 10

  • Click on Restart

Disable Signature check in Windows 10

The computer will be restarted and show you the Startup Settings screen, where you will be prompted to choose an option from 1 to 9

  • Next, select option seven which says Disable driver signature enforcement


The system will load the OS and show you the desktop

Now go to Device Manager (type device manager in the advanced search at the bottom left corner)

  • Choose the device from the list and do a right-click on it
  • Select Update Driver Software from the list

Update Device Drivers

  • Then click on Browse my computer for device software


  • Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

Install Windows 10 Drivers

  • Click on Have disk

Install Generic drivers Windows 10

  • Click on Browse
  • Select the driver and hit OK

Install Drivers Windows 10

  • If it says Driver is not digitally signed, press Next
  • Select Yes if a confirmation message pops up, and Windows will update your driver software.

Windows 10 combines the features of Windows 7 and 8, so it is not so complicated for those who have used previous versions of Windows OS. Initially, when Windows 10 was launched, the updates for many hardware accessories were not available. However, now most of them have introduced new compatible drivers, but still, if anyone faces such an issue, can take help from our article.

Yogesh Mankani
Yogesh Mankani has been a freelance content writer for the last 10 years. His passion for blogging and giving words to his ideas and thoughts made him fall more in love with his profession which he takes very personally.



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