How to bypass Windows SmartScreen to install programs [Windows 8]

When you go to install a program on Windows 8, you may find that your installation is blocked by something called the SmartScreen Filter. Windows SmartScreen is a new feature Microsoft added in Windows 8 that, among other things, blocks installs of programs it feels are unsafe. If you know the program you want to install is safe and you want to force the Windows SmartScreen to let you install a program, this guide shows you how to do that.

How To Force SmartScreen Filter To Install A Program

When you launcher the installer of a program which SmartScreen Filter blocks, you will be prompted with something like the following:

This prompt is telling you Windows SmartScreen doesn’t like the program you are trying to install and as such has blocked the installation. To bypass this prompt, click on More info

…and then click Run anyway:

Once you click Run anyway, SmartScreen will turn off and let you install the program. If you have UAC enabled, you will be prompted by UAC after the SmartScreen which you can click OK to proceed with installation.

This process needs to be repeated for all installations that SmartScreen is blocking.


That was easy. Enjoy!

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  • Ashraf

    @Leslie: I think there is a way to completely turn it off. I’ll post about it if I find out.
    @DoktorThomas: Why hate on Win8 so much?
    @internetexplorer: It this works.

  • internetexplorer

    will this still work on the final RTM version of win8 or does Microsoft’s “fix” to prevent boot-up bypassing of the “Metro” interface stop it?

  • DoktorThomas

    A more simple solution: don’t purchase win8. That works–no errors, no blue screen.

  • Leslie

    I KNOW what software I want to install and getting these “Cry Wolf” warnings just because for example a start-up developer cannot afford the trillion dollars for a digital signature makes the warning ineffective. Not only that, those hackers who are successful are not put off by any fee anyway so it is just a big waste of time.

    So my guess is that everyone will probably ignore the warning and, much like UAC on Vista, simply switch it off (if possible).