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What is Windows 7 Test Mode?

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  • What exactly is Windows 7 Test Mode? Is it just a way to install and test programs that don't have a digitally signed driver? Is there some other purpose for this mode? Is there a security risk or some other issue from running in test mode?

    Wednesday, February 08, 2012 7:00 PM

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  • Test Mode windows 7 build 7601 message in lower right corner

    What is Test Mode and how to remove Test Mode watermark in Windows 7
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-test-mode-and-how-to-remove-test-mode-watermark-in-windows-7

    How to disable the "Test mode Windows 7 build 7600" message that is displayed in Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2509241

    To disable - See the instructions posted here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproinstall/thread/d3a63127-bc5e-4014-aebe-67313f78a515

    To disable test-signing, use the following BCDEdit command:

    Bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF

    Note: After you change the TESTSIGNING boot configuration option, restart the computer for the change to take effect.

    To enable test-signing, use the following BCDEdit command:

    Bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

     

     

     

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    Wednesday, February 08, 2012 7:37 PM
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    Hi,

    Did you try the suggestion from J W Stuart? Please feel free to give me any update.

    Thanks.

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    Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:46 AM
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    Hi,

     

    As this thread has been quiet for a while, we assume that the issue has been resolved. At this time, we will mark it as ‘Answered’ as the previous steps should be helpful for many similar scenarios. If the issue still persists, please feel free to  reply this post directly so we will be notified to follow it up. You can also choose to unmark the answer as you wish.

    BTW,  we’d love to hear your feedback about the solution. By sharing your experience you can help other community members facing similar problems. Thanks for your understanding and efforts.

     

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    Monday, February 20, 2012 1:49 AM
  • I found this thread looking specifically for security information as it relates to running Windows 7 in Test Mode. On my computer I have downloaded an application that I've been using to assist in tracking down some programming issues involving open files. I allowed the downloaded program to turn test signing on to enable it to function on my 64-bit Windows installation.

    As in the original post here, I can't seem to find any really useful information regarding how having test signing enabled, affects on-going security issues in Windows. I understand how to enable and disable the mode, but I'd rather not have to do that every time I want to run the downloaded app.

    So the question remains: is my computer particularly vulnerable in any way, every minute that test signing is enabled?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:13 PM
  • ive done the steps, still persist with only  "Windows 7 build 7601" no any other watermark like "Test Mode". please help, much appreciated. thanks!
    Monday, October 01, 2012 2:18 AM