Permanently Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection in Windows 10

As you may already know from our previous article, Windows 10 comes with a special Early Launch Anti-malware (ELAM) driver for better security and protection. Here is how to disable it permanently.


The Early Launch Anti-malware (ELAM) driver is a special driver shipped with Windows 10 out-of-the-box. It is enabled by default and serves to protect the operating system against threats at early boot. This is the first boot-start driver Windows 10 starts. It checks other boot-start drivers and enables the evaluation of those drivers. This allows the operating system to decide whether a particular driver should be initialized or whether it should be classified as malware.

This technique is effective against rootkits, which can hide from security software using special drivers they install.

If a required driver is flagged because of a false positive, it won't be loaded by the operating system. Depending on the driver, sometimes Windows 10 is not able to start without it. In another case, a malware driver can prevent the operating system from booting intentionally, and the only way to resolve the issue is temporarily or permanently disabling the Early Launch Anti-Malware protection. This will allow you to update the problematic driver or remove it.

To Permanently Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the following:
    bcdedit /set {current} disableelamdrivers yes
  3. Restart Windows 10. Permanently Disable Early Launch Anti Malware Protection In Windows 10

You are done. To revert this change and enable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection, do the following.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the following:
    bcdedit /set {current} disableelamdrivers on
  3. Restart Windows 10. Re Enable Early Launch Anti Malware Protection In Windows 10

That's it. Thanks to our reader "MazterGee" for sharing this tip.

2 thoughts on “Permanently Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection in Windows 10

  1. MazterGee

    Thanks for the credit here :)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks for your useful tip!

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