Windows Installation

CHIPSEC supports the following versions:
Windows 8, 8.1, 10 - x86 and AMD64
Windows Server 2012, 2016 - x86 and AMD64


CHIPSEC has removed support for the RWEverything ( driver due to PCI configuration space access issues.

Install CHIPSEC Dependencies

Python 3.7 or higher (


CHIPSEC has deprecated support for Python2 since June 2020

To install requirements:

pip install -r windows_requirements.txt

which includes:

  • pywin32: for Windows API support (pip install pywin32)

  • setuptools (pip install setuptools)

  • WConio2: Optional. For colored console output (pip install Wconio2)

To compile the driver:

Visual Studio and WDK: for building the driver. For best results use the latest available (at least WDK 8 and VS 2012)

To clone the repo:

git: open source distributed version control system


Clone CHIPSEC source

git clone

Build the Driver and Compression Tools

python build_ext -i


If build errors are with signing are encountered, try running as Administrator The .vcxproj file points to the latest SDK, if this is incompatible with the WDK, change the configuration to a compatible SDK within the project properties

Turn off kernel driver signature checks

Windows 10 64-bit

In CMD shell:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

Windows 10 64-bit / Windows 8, 8.1 64-bit (with Secure Boot enabled) / Windows Server 2016 64-bit / Windows Server 2012 64-bit (with Secure Boot enabled):

Method 1:

  • In CMD shell: shutdown /r /t 0 /o or Start button > Power icon > SHIFT key + Restart

  • Navigate: Troubleshooting > Advanced Settings > Startup Settings > Reboot

  • After reset choose F7 or 7 “Disable driver signature checks”

Method 2:

  • Disable Secure Boot in the BIOS setup screen then disable driver signature checks as in Windows 8 with Secure Boot disabled

Windows 10 (with Secure Boot disabled) / Windows 8 (with Secure Boot disabled) / Windows Server 2012 (with Secure Boot disabled):

Method 1:

  • Boot in Test mode (allows self-signed certificates)
    • Start CMD.EXE as Adminstrator BcdEdit /set TESTSIGNING ON

    • Reboot

    • If this doesn’t work, run these additional commands:
      • BcdEdit /set noIntegrityChecks ON

      • BcdEdit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

Method 2:

  • Press F8 when booting Windows and choose “No driver signatures enforcement” option to turn off driver signature checks at all

Alternate Build Methods

Build CHIPSEC kernel driver with Visual Studio

Method 1:

  • Open the Visual Studio project file (drivers/win7/chipsec_hlpr.vcxproj) using Visual Studio

  • Select Platform and configuration (X86 or x64, Release)

  • Go to Build -> Build Solution

Method 2:

  • Open a VS developer command prompt

  • > cd <CHIPSEC_ROOT_DIR>\drivers\win7

  • Build driver using msbuild command:
    • For 32 bit:
      • > msbuild

    • For 64 bit:
      • > msbuild /p:Platform=x64

If build process is completed without any errors, the driver binary will be moved into the chipsec helper directory:

<CHIPSEC_ROOT_DIR>\chipsec\helper\win\win7_amd64 (or i386)

Build the compression tools

Method 1:

  • Navigate to the chipsec_toolscompression directory

  • run the build.cmd

Method 2:

Alternate Method to load CHIPSEC service/driver

To create and start CHIPSEC service

sc create chipsec binpath="<PATH_TO_SYS>" type= kernel DisplayName="Chipsec driver" sc start chipsec

When finished running CHIPSEC stop/delete service:

sc stop chipsec sc delete chipsec