Windows 10 Version 1607 (aka Anniversary Update) is now enforcing the tightened kernel driver certification which was already announced 2015 as a requirement for Windows 10. The new rule is that all Windows 10 drivers must be digitally signed by Microsoft, no more cross signing! Kernel driver developers must now use an Extended Validation (EV) code signing certificate and submit their drivers to the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard Portal where the drivers will be signed by Microsoft after passing certain tests.
However, there are exceptions to that rule. Cross-signed kernel drivers are still accepted by Windows 10 version 1607 if any of the following is true:
- The driver is signed with a certificate that was issued before 29th of July 2015
- The driver is a boot up driver
- Secure Boot is Off
- The Windows 10 version 1607 System was upgraded and not directly installed
- A secret registry key is set that allows cross-signed drivers to load even on systems with Secure Boot enabled
In my company we do have the issue that several drivers are now disabled on systems that received a clean Windows 10 version 1607 installation, and even certain Intel drivers are affected. In addition, highly secured KVM virtual machines that use the TianoCore UEFI BIOS with secure boot enabled now don't load the VirtIO network and balloon drivers because of digital signature errors.
And I can confirm that the drivers work fine on systems with secure boot disabled and on Windows 10 systems that were upgraded (in-place) to version 1607, even with secure boot enabled.
Now I'm wondering what the name and value of that secret registry is that was announced by Microsoft in the following video at 00 h 11 m 00 s:
... and then finally we are actually going to have a registry key ... and this registry key is ... you know ... intended just for testing so we definitely don't want you to ... setting this registry key as you install the driver and ... the registry key essentially mimics the same behavior as if you have an upgraded system ...
That key was never announced by Microsoft and because of the following message in OSR's ntdev list I believe this will never happen:
I hate to say this, but since you asked: The registry key information is only available under NDA. Which means it'll probably turn-up in lots of places online eventually, but until that time WE WILL NOT be discussing it here.
And this leaves me at my actual Super User question:
What is that secret registry key that tells Windows 10 version 1607 that it was upgraded from a previous version?