How to Enable or Disable Microsoft’s Blocklist for Vulnerable Drivers in Windows 11

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The article provides steps to enable or disable the Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist feature in Windows 11. The feature, activated by default, blocks problematic drivers but could interfere with valid device drivers. It can be managed via the Windows Security App; toggling on/off in the Core isolation details pane under Device Security. Regular monitoring of…

This article describes steps to enable or disable Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11, the Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist feature is enabled by default. However, you can turn it on and off using the Windows Security app.

The blocklist is enabled on systems that have memory security (aka Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI)) enabled or run Windows in S Mode.

With the feature, Windows will automatically block drivers that cause Windows devices to malfunction or become unstable. However, this feature may also interfere with the valid device’s driver, making the device not function properly.

When you enable Microsoft Vulnerable Devier Blocklist, you should monitor your device performance so that working devices are not mistakenly blocked.

How to enable or disable or disable Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist in Windows 11

As described above, starting with Windows 11, the Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist feature is enabled by default. However, you can turn it on and off using the Windows Security app.

Below is how to enable or disable it.

In Windows 11, click the Start menu, and in the search box, type Windows Security and then select Windows Security in the results list.

windows 11 search windows security app on start menu
windows 11 Search the windows security app on the start menu

In the Windows Security app, click the Device security link on the left menu, or under Security at a glance, select the Device security button as highlighted below.

windows 11 security app device security option
Windows 11 security app device security option

On the Device security setting page, under Core isolation, click the Core isolation details link.

windows 11 core isolation details link
Windows 11 core isolation details link

On the Core isolation details pane, under Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist, toggle the button to the Off position to disable.

To re-enable, toggle the button back to the On position.

windows 11 microsoft vulnerable driver blocklist button
Windows 11 Microsoft vulnerable driver blocklist button

That should do it! You can now close the Windows security app.

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/kb5020779-the-vulnerable-driver-blocklist-after-the-october-2022-preview-release-3fcbe13a-6013-4118-b584-fcfbc6a09936

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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