You can help your customers identify quality products that run without interference on Windows-based computers by certifying your products through the Windows Hardware Certification Program.
This program enables you to design, create, and test your product before you submit the final version for certification through the dashboard. The dashboard supports both hardware, Windows Store, and desktop app development, and it replaces the Windows Quality Online Services (Winqual).
This guide assumes the following:
Submitting your products for certification
After you've developed and tested your product, create the .cab package file and WQReady.xml file with the Winqual Submission Tool (WST). Afterward, sign them using the SignTool tool, and then submit them through the dashboard for certification. For more information about signing your package, see Update a code signing certificate.
The path that you take for certification depends on the type of package that you're submitting.
To submit a package
Review and follow the certification process for the type of package that you want to submit:
Package type Process
Drivers for a hardware device.
Hardware with added software
Drivers for a hardware device, as well as additional software. For example, a digital camera that includes a photo management or editing program.
Note The software must be certified before it's added to the package. The complete package must then be submitted for certification for a hardware logo.
Programs for Windows 7
Programs for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008
Software devices or software with a kernel-mode driver
Software with additional kernel-mode drivers, such as antimalware software that includes filter drivers.
Note The drivers must be certified before they're added to the package. The complete package must then be submitted for certification for a software logo.
After your product passes the certification review, it becomes eligible for a Windows logo. In addition, you can publish it to the Windows Server Catalog, the Logo'd Products List (LPL), and CNET.com during the submission process, or later on. You can also distribute your submitted drivers automatically during the submission process, or manually with the Driver Distribution feature.
After you've submitted your product
The dashboard offers the following services after you submit a product.
Go to the Reports page to get regularly updated information about the performance of your device.
If your users are having problems, you can create updates and post instructions for them.
Go to the Driver distribution page to add or update drivers for your device.
Go to the Device metadata page to add or update any images or other metadata for your device.