1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    windows 10
       05 Aug 2015 #1

    Test Mode Windows 10 Home Build 10240 - why is it on my desktop?


    I was running Windows 8.1 on my Boot camped Macbook Pro. I submitted a request to reserve and be notified an upgrade to Windows 10. I never received a notification. As fate would have it, when I checked Windows update, lo and behold, an "Important Update" was there that was titled "Upgrade to Windows 10". I clicked it and the process went very smoothly.

    I am running Windows 10 and am happy with it so far. Call be obsessive-compulsive, but my desktop screen has the text written in the subject of this thread. Two questions: (1) Is Build 10240 the "real thing" (versus some test version)? (2) How can I get that text off my desktop?

    I worry I may have jumped the gun in installing Windows 10 and installed some sort of a test version. I"m also perplexed (not annoyed) as to why I never got notified, as promised. Everytime I checked the upgrade to Windows 10 icon on my taskbar, I would get a message page saying it's reserved,

    Any help would truly, truly be appreciated as this is "disturbing me" (the OCD in my, I guess).
    Thanks!!
    Rich
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    California
    Posts : 186
    Kernel 4.x.x
       05 Aug 2015 #2

    [FIX]

    Open elevated command prompt.

    Enter this command.
    Code:
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING off
    Reboot.


    [EXPLANATION]
    Windows since Windows Vista 64-bit, does not allow unsigned or test-signed kernel mode code (drivers) to be loaded at all.

    In order for developers of drivers to be able to properly develop the driver, they need to rapidly load different versions of it into windows. This would require them to get each version signed by Microsoft. That's not reasonable, so Microsoft added the ability to allow loading of test-signed drivers through the use of "Test Mode".

    End users don't have much use for this feature and it is a security risk.

    The only use for an end user, is if they need to use a driver for some reason that hasn't been certified by Microsoft. Certification costs money, and some independent or amateur developers opt not to do it.

    The text cannot be disabled or removed so long as you are in test mode. Only disabling test mode will remove it.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    windows 10
       05 Aug 2015 #3

    Thank you Hydranix


    The command line info Soyuz gave me removed the text! Many thanks.
    One remaining question: Is the build # I had in my original post the most current? Is it, in fact, a true, what everybody is using version of Windows 10?

    I appreciate everyone's patience with me on this matter.
    Rich
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 615
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       05 Aug 2015 #4

    Yes.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    windows 10
       05 Aug 2015 #5

    Thanks to you!!


    It's reassuring to know that I upgraded properly. Many thanks!!
    BTW: I discovered how ot check that my Windows 10 is activated and it is!

    Windows 10 seems wonderful - being a Mac user, it's very "Mac-like" (not to discredit Microsoft at all). I think Windows 10 will be a winner for Microsoft!
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  6. Joined : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1
    W10 10240
       12 Oct 2015 #6

    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING off


    Hydranix said: View Post
    [FIX]

    Open elevated command prompt.

    Enter this command.
    Code:
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING off
    Reboot.


    [EXPLANATION]
    Windows since Windows Vista 64-bit, does not allow unsigned or test-signed kernel mode code (drivers) to be loaded at all.

    In order for developers of drivers to be able to properly develop the driver, they need to rapidly load different versions of it into windows. This would require them to get each version signed by Microsoft. That's not reasonable, so Microsoft added the ability to allow loading of test-signed drivers through the use of "Test Mode".

    End users don't have much use for this feature and it is a security risk.

    The only use for an end user, is if they need to use a driver for some reason that hasn't been certified by Microsoft. Certification costs money, and some independent or amateur developers opt not to do it.

    The text cannot be disabled or removed so long as you are in test mode. Only disabling test mode will remove it.
    I too, upgraded from W8.1Pro to W10 Build 10240. My desktop indicated I am running in Test mode. I open a cmd prompt, type "bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING off" without the quotes. The message I received is "the boot configuration data store could not be opened. Access Denied"

    Any recommendations? Every since I installed W10, numerous apps are also crashing.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7.    12 Oct 2015 #7

    jeffrey262 said: View Post
    I too, upgraded from W8.1Pro to W10 Build 10240. My desktop indicated I am running in Test mode. I open a cmd prompt, type "bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING off" without the quotes. The message I received is "the boot configuration data store could not be opened. Access Denied"

    Any recommendations? Every since I installed W10, numerous apps are also crashing.
    You need to open an elevated cmd prompt. Hit + X at the same time and then press A
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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