11th July 14:30
Change in signing policy for 64-bit drivers for Vista and Longhorn
If you are not aware of it Microsoft announced a change in its policy on
drivers for Vista last week. See the paper at
change here is that prior to this while drivers needed to be signed an
administrator could sign a driver for a computer or a domain.
Many people in the driver development community are disturbed by this change
since makes it harder for a small firm to ship and support drivers. In
particular a lot of the freeware tools that have a kernel component will
probably never make it to Vista 64-bit. Also, I know of small firms that
are reconsidering their product plans for Vista. For those who want to see
the discussion in the driver development community, go to
http://www.osronline.com and sign up for the NTDEV newgroup, then look for
"X64 Windows Vista to require signed drivers"
At the end of the paper is the feedback email address for this stuff. If
enough of us make rational comments to that address, Microsoft may realize
there is a problem.
Don Burn (MVP, Windows DDK)
Windows 2k/XP/2k3 Filesystem and Driver Consulting
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