Windows Certification Newsletter
February 26, 2013
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Some errata in the HCK extended
We've updated all active errata filters for the Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) 2.0. Any errata still indicating they're expiring on 3/1/2013 are either delayed enforcements with expired grace periods or were fixed in a QFE with a fix you need to incorporate into your testing environment. All active errata that weren't fixed in the test kit are now extended until 9/30/2013.
We'll reevaluate active errata again about 3 months before the new expiration dates. We'll either retire errata or extend it again, depending on whether fixes are in place for the test issues. A few errata are set to expire between 3/1 and 9/30 by design for delayed enforcement reasons. Those errata won't be extended again.
You can check the status of all errata anytime on the Hardware Dashboard. To narrow down the list, use the filters to view only active, expired, or expiring within 30 days. You can also search by ID and title.
Any extension date shouldn't be considered an indication of any retirement date.
More updates to UEFI POST time relaxations for some all-in-one systems
Based on industry feedback, we're further relaxing the UEFI POST time requirement to enable all-in-one systems with large storage capacity.
This delayed enforcement erratum begins April 15, 2013, when the UEFI requirement Erratum 478 relaxation expires, and ends in October 2014. To take advantage of this new delayed enforcement, Include ID 1250 in your README file starting April 15, 2013.
Choose the right USB 3 hub for HCK testing
The HCK erratum 339 and 526, which require USB 3 hubs for testing purposes, are being extended until 6/30/2013. This is the final extension for these errata. After June 30, all products must pass the test without the use of these errata.
Right now, you have your choice of 2 USB 3 hubs.
For hubs to qualify, we require two simple things:
These criteria ensure that the hub has gone through rigorous testing and will hold up to HCK device testing. If a hub meets both criteria, it should be safe to use in this test.
Logo License style guidelines updated
To support flexibility for logo placement and clarify logo size and greyscale info, the style specifications for the Windows Logo License Agreement for Hardware Version 2013 were recently revised with the following updates:
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