For you Windows sysadmins, packagers, etc. who’ve been annoyed by the “Windows Logo Testing” warnings when installing drivers on XP, please read on and see if you can help me…
Okay, so this one has been bugging me forever… er, well not forever, but… since I’ve been trying to distribute software for Windows XP. You see, by default, Microsoft has enabled these warning messages when you are installing software which includes hardware drivers, if (and only if) the drivers have not been through the Windows Logo Testing process. The dialog box looks like this:
In theory (that is, according to Micro$oft), you can disable these messages through one of two ways. One way is to set it for the local machine only via the System Control Panel’s ‘Driver Signing Options’ dialog, as pictured here:
What this really accomplishes is to change the Local Security Policy’s setting for ‘Devices: Unsigned driver installation behavior’, as seen below (this screen capture has the default setting of ‘Warn but allow installation’). You can set this for the entire domain via the GPO, of course.
The problem is that turning off the warnings through either of these methods apparently does not disable the warning dialogs, at least as I’ve seen at two different companies. When you’re trying to silently distribute the software to unprivileged users via AD, SMS, or whatever other domain-push method you have, these dialogs are a show-stopper.
So my question is simple: How can I really disable these Windows Logo Testing warnings?!? Please help!