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All of the drivers shipped with Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), as well as those qualified by the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) and published on the Windows Update Web site with Code Download Manager (CDM) technology, are digitally signed. This digital signature ensures overall driver quality, which contributes to a stable operating system. Driver signing allows the operating system to inform you of possible problems that may occur when installing unsigned and untested drivers, which can cause error messages or poor performance.
Microsoft gives a driver a digital signature after it has passed certain testing criteria set by WHQL. These criteria ensure that all signed drivers meet specific quality standards. These standards are designed to prevent drivers from harming your computer system, or from having either faulty operation or interaction with Windows Me.
There are two ways to determine whether a device driver for a device on your computer is signed. You can either examine device properties in Device Manager or you can use the File Signature Verification tool.
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