- Windows 10 Drivers
- Microsoft SmartScreen Reputation
- Authentication and Key Storage
- Supported Platforms
- Ordering and Installing Code Signing Certificates
|Sign Windows 10 Drivers|
|Sign pre-Windows-10 Drivers|
|Instant Microsoft SmartScreen Reputation|
|Two-factor Authentication with USB Token|
|Available to Individuals Without a Registered Business|
|Trusted on Major Software Platforms|
- If you are developing Windows 10 drivers, you need an EV code signing certificate.
- Windows 10 kernel-mode drivers must be signed by Microsoft’s Dev Portal, and an EV code signing certificate is required to establish a Windows Hardware Dev Center dashboard account. Please read this how-to for information on signing up.
- According to Microsoft’s documentation, both kernel- and user-mode driver submissions must have a valid EV code signing certificate.
- An OV certificate may be used to sign drivers for versions of Windows before Windows 10. Please see Microsoft’s Driver Signing Policy for details on signing requirements for all versions of Windows.
- An EV code signing certificate offers an immediate reputation with Microsoft SmartScreen, so your users will never have to click through a SmartScreen warning in Windows.
- With an OV certificate, SmartScreen reputation must be built organically, as users download and install your files. SmartScreen warnings may occur until enough software proves sufficiently popular with Windows users for SmartScreen to view it as “well known.”
- EV code signing certificates require two-factor authentication. They are shipped on an encrypted USB hardware token, which must be attached to your computer before signing.
- OV code signing certificates are stored as a file on your computer, much like a web server’s SSL/TLS certificate.
- EV certificates must be issued to a registered and verifiable organization such as a business, nonprofit, or government. They cannot be issued directly to individuals, but may be issued to a business registered as a sole proprietorship. Validation requirements for EV certificates are detailed in this FAQ.
- OV certificates may be issued directly to an individual or organization. When issued to an individual, this type of certificate is technically referred to as Individual Validation (IV). Please read this FAQ for full details of validation requirements for OV/IV certificates.
- SSL.com’s EV and OV code signing certificates are both trusted on the same major platforms:
- Microsoft Authenticode (32- and 64-bit Windows files and applications)
- Microsoft VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)
- Adobe AIR
- Ready to get started? To purchase EV or OV code signing certificates, please visit the following links:
- Need help with ordering and installation? Please read these how-tos:
- When you’re ready to start signing code, check out our how-to on Using Your Code Signing Certificate.