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3 Solutions for the error: System has a Driver Locked to Manufacturer Specification

Unlocking Your System: Resolving the 'Driver Locked to Manufacturer Specifications' Error


Several users reported that they experienced the error message: “Your system has a driver that is locked to manufacturer specification. Please try downloading the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website to update. Exit code 1”. The error usually occurs when installing the Intel graphics driver.

Due to security reasons, a user may experience this error when the existing graphics driver is locked to the manufacturer’s preset specification. This article will recommend solutions to alleviate this problem. You may also read about the best ways to install or update drivers on your computer.

1. Install OEM customizations

The steps below will uninstall Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customizations for your system. If your OEM does not offer a DCH driver, Windows Update will unlikely install any customizations after upgrading to driver version or newer.

If you encounter problems like flickering, blue screen (BSOD), timeout, detection, and recovery (TDR) failure, try reinstalling the latest OEM driver designed for your platform. Follow these instructions if you experience OEM error during installation of graphics driver or newer:

  1. Press the Windows + S keys simultaneously, type system information, and hit Enter to open Systems information.
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  2. Confirm that your PC incorporates a 6th Generation Intel Processor or higher when the System Information window opens. 
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  3. You can identify the processor generation by the first number after i9, i7, i5, or i3. For example:
    • Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9850H Processor is the 9th generation because it lists number 9 after i7.
    • Intel® Core™ Processor i5-8600 Processor is the 8th generation because it lists number 8 after i5.
  4. Then, confirm that your system is running on a supported operating system version. 
  5. This driver usually supports Windows 10, 64-bit, version 1709, also called Redstone 3 or higher.
  6. Also, verify your operating system version in the System Information window from Step 2 above.
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  7. Then, download the correct driver for your PC using the appropriate link, such as below:
  8. When the download is complete, disconnect your PC from the internet to prevent Windows Update from automatically reinstalling a previous OEM driver.
  9. Afterward, run the .exe file you just downloaded.
  10. During installation, click the Customize button when it reaches the Install stage and ensure you uncheck the Execute a clean installation checkbox.
  11. Once the driver installation is complete, click the Optional reboot button.
  12. Then, open Settings, go to Windows Update, and click Check for updates to see if there are OEM customizations to reinstall.

2. Switch to Microsoft Basic Display Adapter 

Switching to Microsoft Basic Display Adapter can help to fix the “System has a Driver Locked to Manufacturer Specification” error when you try to install a generic display adapter driver over the manufacturer-provided driver. The following steps will complete the switch:

  1. Open the Run dialog by pressing the Windows + R keys together, enter devmgmt.msc, and hit Enter.
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  2. Find the Display adapters, expand it, right-click on the Graphics card driver, and click Update driver.
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  3. Select the How do you want to search driver option when the system prompts you.
  4. Then, click the Browse my computer for drivers option.
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  5. Afterward, click Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
  6. Choose the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter option from the list, select Next, and allow the installation to complete.
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  7. Finally, run the downloaded setup to install the latest Generation or driver version.

3. Install the latest drivers with Windows Update

Installing the latest drivers with Windows Update can help to solve the “System has a Driver Locked to Manufacturer Specification” problem if the problem arises from an outdated driver or the driver is from a different manufacturer than your computer. Here is how to do it:

  1. Hold the Windows and I keys simultaneously to launch the Settings window.
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  2. Then, click the Windows Update option next.
  3. Afterward, select Advanced Options.
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  4. Then, tap the Optional updates option next.
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  5. Once the options open, expand the Driver Updates section, select the appropriate drive, download and Install all the available updates.
  6. Lastly, restart your computer.

In conclusion, encountering the “System has a Driver Locked to Manufacturer Specification” error can be a frustrating experience for users seeking customization and flexibility. However, this article explored three functional solutions to address this issue.

Following these steps can help you regain control over your system’s drivers and enjoy a more personalized computing experience while ensuring stability and compatibility with your hardware. Tell us which solution worked for you using the comment section below.

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