Windows Installation

CHIPSEC supports the following versions:
Windows 8, 8.1, 10, 11 - x86 and AMD64
Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022 - 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 (VS2022 + SDK/WDK 11 or VS2019 + SDK/WDK 10 or 11)


Make sure to install compatible VS/SDK/WDK versions and the spectre mitigation packages

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

Enable boot menu

In CMD shell:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

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 with Secure Boot disabled

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

Alternate Build Methods

Build CHIPSEC kernel driver with Visual Studio

Method 1:

  • Open the Visual Studio project file (drivers/windows/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\windows

  • Build driver using msbuild command:
    • > msbuild /p:Platform=x64


    • > msbuild /p:Platform=x32

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

<CHIPSEC_ROOT_DIR>\chipsec\helper\windows\windows_amd64 (or i386)

Build the compression tools


  • Navigate to the chipsec_toolscompression directory

  • Run python build

  • Copy the EfiCompressor.cp<pyver>-win_<arch>.pyd file from build/<arch>-<pyver> to the root chipsec directory

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