FIX: 0xc0000428 Windows cannot verify the digital signature for winload.efi, winload.exe (Solved)

Last updated on October 25th, 2020

This tutorial contains instructions to fix the Windows boot error 0xc0000428, with description: "Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file: "\Windows\system32\winload.efi", or "Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file: "\Windows\system32\winload.exe".

FIX: 0xc0000428 Windows cannot verify the digital signature for winload.efi

 

 

How to FIX: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for file: winload.efi  OR winload.exe (0xc0000428)*

* Note: The following instructions apply to all versions of Windows.

Requirements: To fix the Windows boot error "0xc0000428: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file: winload.efi" you need to start your PC from a Windows Installation USB or DVD Media. If you don't own a Windows installation media, then (from another working pc) you can create one by using the Media Creation tool

1. Boot your computer from the Windows Installation Media (USB or DVD).
2. At the Windows Setup screen press SHIFT + F10 to access command prompt, or choose Next –> Repair your computer –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Command Prompt.

windows setup screen

 

3. At command prompt type the following command and press Enter:

  • bcdedit

4. Now notice the identifier value at the "\Windows\system32\winload.efi"

e.g. As you see at the screenshot bellow the identifier value is "{default}"

cannot verify signature for winload.exe or winload.efi

 

5. Now give the following command and press Enter: *

  • bcdedit -set {identifier value} nointegritychecks 1

 

* Note: Replace the "identifier value" according your case. e.g. At this example the command will be:

  • bcdedit -set {default} nointegritychecks 1

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6. Remove the Windows installation media.
7. Close all windows and restart your PC.

That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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