How to Fix the “driver being installed is not validated for this computer” Error on Windows 10

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Intel’s GPU drivers, for some reason, refuse to install on some PCs running Windows 10 (and perhaps earlier version too). The error message — “The driver being installed is not validated for this computer” — is a common one, and it seems to affect thousands running older Intel hardware. I ran into it myself trying to hack together a PC out of spare parts using an older Intel 520.

hero-copyLuckily, there’s an easy fix that will allow you to update the pre-installed drivers without the error.

  1. Visit this site and download the beta zip file (win64_154012.zip) and not the .exe file.
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  2. Right click the file and choose Extract All.
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  3. Unzip the driver to the C:WindowsTemp folder.
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  4. Right click on Start and choose Device Manager.
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  5. Choose Display adapters and then your particular model of Intel graphics card.
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  6. Right click your display adapter (it should say Intel Graphics in some variation) and select Properties.
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  7. Select the driver tab and then click the Update Driver button.
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  8. Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
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  9. At the bottom, the only option should be Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer. Click that. available-copy
  10. Click Have Disk at the bottom.
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  11. Choose Browse.
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  12. Find the folder where you extracted the driver and then double click the subfolder inside of it. It’ll be igdlh64.inf on a 64-bit version of windows or igdlh32.info on a 32-bit version. Intel could decide to change the name of this file at any point, but the important part is ensuring you’re downloading the correct (either 32 or 64-bit) version.
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  13. Click OK and you’ll see the driver appear in the File name section as the only option.
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  14. Click Next to begin the install.
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