ELAM Prerequisites

Early Launch Antimalware drivers must adhere to the following program requirements to be signed by WHQL and loaded by Windows.

Antimalware Vendor Participation Requirements

Microsoft requires that Early Launch Antimalware vendors either be members of the Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI). This membership ensures that the vendors are active antimalware community participants with a positive industry reputation. If you are not a member of the MVI program and believe you need use of ELAM, please reach out to mvi@microsoft.com for additional information.

Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) submission

  •   Submit your driver for verification as documented at ELAM Driver Submission
  • The WHQL process will verify that the vendor is permitted to submit early launch drivers. Your submission will fail if you are not an MVI member, or a pre-approved VIA member.