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Solved How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

estugarda

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#1
Is there any way to turn off "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate?
Once upon a time I disabled driver signing through bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON or bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS (don't remember anymore).
Now I would like to enable it back on, but can't.
As suggested; bcdedit -deletevalue loadoption or bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF/NO didn't work.

Also atempt to remove only the "test mode" watermark by overwriting user32dll.mui also didn't work. I managed to overwrite the file with changed files in bots system32 and syswow64, but nothing changed.

Can anyone please help?
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Hi Estugarda,

Did you do this to turn on driver signing check again?

1. Right click on CMD and click Run as administrator.
2. Type bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks ON and press Enter.
3. Restart computer.

You can turn off Test Mode by typing bcdedit /set testsigning off in the elevated command prompt above to.

Shawn
 

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estugarda

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Yes I think I've tried that too.
I've tried everything what can be found through google.
Another thing worries me now; if I somehow manage to enable driver signing back on and my computer refuses to work because of some unsigned drivers, that I'm not aware of, could I turn driver signing back OFF?
Some people say it is impossible after certain microsoft updates...

Since my system works fine now on "test mode", could I only remove that anoying "test mode" watermark in some way other than described in my first post?
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Estugarda,

You can turn off Test Mode by typing bcdedit /set testsigning off in the elevated command prompt above to.

You should be able to turn off driver signing again without being in Test Mode. Type bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off

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estugarda

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Thanks Shawn, but...

I know what you are talking about. :) I've tried typing bcdedit /set testsigning off in command prompt as admin. It didn't work.

I just got an advice on PlanetAMD64 forum to try through editing gpedit.msc. I think it could work that way, but I am concerned about possibility not to be able to turn driver signing off again if necessary. People on PlanetAMD64 say that it is impossible to turn off driver signing after some KBXXXXX update. I don't want to take the risk.
Right now I would be pleased just to remove "Test mode" watermark on my desktop.
Can you, or someone else, help me with that?
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Estugarda,

I'm not sure how that method will affect the Test Mode, but it will let you disable the driver signing check with the Ignore option.

Shawn

GPEDIT.jpg

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estugarda

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Well, maybe. Maybe not. However I'll know only if I try it...
I'd rather disable "Test mode" watermark only.
Any ideas how?
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Estugarda,

Sorry no. The bcdedit /set testsigning off was the only way that I knew of to turn off Test Mode. Hopefully, the GPEDIT.MSC will do it for you as well.

Shawn
 

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estugarda

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Sorry Shawn (aka brink), bcdedit /set testsigning off line is working afterall. There are so many (real or fake) versions of this online, that I somehow lost the oversight.
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Estugarda,

Not a problem. It took me while to decipher through them to find the right one to. ;)

Glad you got your problem resolved now.

Shawn
 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Here is the location in the registry that pertains to driver signing. The values next to 'Policy' are the default ones for Vista Home Premium 32-bit. To modify them, you need to run the registry editor with administrative credentials.

 

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re: How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Come on Dwarf this thread is from 2007 :sarc:
 

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I know it is, but it might be useful to see how the settings are actually reflected in the registry.
 

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I got this after turning off the signed drivers option, I thought I messed something up, or got a virus. Finally after doing a restore point and it was still on there, I turned to google. Brink is absolutely right, "bcdedit /set testsigning off" does work, but I didn't know that until I did a restart, LOL. THANKS BRINK! :party: :party:
 

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Your welcome Alisiya. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted to.

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For the love of god. I just want to remove the simple words "test mode" from my desktop. Why on earth do I have to change the integrity check or my REGISTRY!!!!

Vista you are starting to annoy me!!!
 

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bcdedit /set testsigning off

Worked for me as well. The "Test Mode" stamp is gone from my desktop now.

On a side note turning test mode on never allowed me to run unsigned drivers, which is the reason I turned it on in the first place. I was trying to run a virtual Linux / Fedora server under VMWare Server but could never get the VMWare software to install correctly because of the unsigned drivers issue.
 

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