Signing of driver for Windows 7 - alternatives?

Hi,

Background:
I have an fpga design + firmware + driver to be used in a Windows7 environment (only).
At the moment it is a purely memory mapped design. I need to include interrupts + dma in the future. However pre-deployment on our first hardware revision is upon me, and for this memory mapped will suffice.

As I will have to “deploy” the driver to a different machine “signing” once again came into the crosshairs. At the moment I am testsigning. This is mainly done based on :
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff552275(v=vs.85).aspx

And this works nicely. Except that I am getting questions like "Why do you need the testmode, I don’t want the testmode thingies subtitled onto the desktop … ". The thing is that I need to be able to focus on the interrupt support + dma and my feeling currently is that the signing process is more of an aesthetic feature, while I still have a rough functional road ahead.

Question:
Are there any options beside WHQL certification of this driver, is there something inbetween *testsigning* and *full whql signing* ?

Many thanks,
Donald

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Question:
Are there any options beside WHQL certification of this driver, is there
something inbetween *testsigning* and *full whql signing* ?

Yes, you just need to get the right type of certificate. Google for Kernel Mode Code Signing and also search the ntdev list archives. This has been discussed at length before.

James

Thanks for putting a direction on my vector!

I will look into this link :
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/gg487328.aspx
and hope it will differ such that I can surpass testsigning but without needing whql.

Kind Regards,
Donald