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Desktop app developer support

Get help with developing desktop apps

Review technical docs

Check out the Windows Development Reference to find the in-depth technical information you need to build desktop apps.


Browse the desktop development forums

Search the forums for an answer to your question, or ask a question if you can’t find the answer.

Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) and other support sites

Go to Advanced Search at Microsoft Support, enter your error code or search term, and select the resources you want to search.


Contact Microsoft for additional help

Visit the Microsoft Support site to review the assisted support options available.


Get help with app certification and Dashboard services

Review technical docs

Browse the app compatibility forum

Visit the Application Compatibility forum for questions about application compatibility testing, common compatibility issues, and best practices for creating Windows-based applications.


Contact Microsoft

  • For questions about certification policies, contact the Certification Support Team.
  • For questions about Dashboard services, certification submissions, bug management, and reports, send e-mail to
  • For paid technical assistance with preparing apps to pass certification or questions about how to use the App Certification Kit, contact Microsoft Support.

Get help with Windows Store developer accounts

For information on how to register as a developer for the Windows Store, see Becoming a Windows Store developer. If you have further questions, help is available in the forums or through assisted support.