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Certify your desktop app

Follow these steps to get your desktop app certified for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

Step 1: Prep for certification

What are the benefits?

Certifying your desktop app provides several benefits for you and your customers.

Read the requirements

Review the technical requirements and eligibility qualifications that a desktop app must meet.

Review the submission process for Windows Store

If you want your app to be listed in the Windows Store for Windows 8.1, start by becoming familiar with the workflow.

Step 2: Test your app with the Windows App Certification Kit

Get the Kit

To certify your app, you have to install and run the Windows App Certification Kit (included in the Windows SDK).

Using the Kit

Before you can submit your app, you must test it for readiness. You can also download a copy of the app certification white paper.

Review test details

Get the list of the tests your app needs to pass to qualify for compatibility with the latest Windows operating system.

Step 3: Establish a dashboard account

Set up your account

If your company isn't already registered, you must register it through the Dashboard. If you also plan to list your app in the Windows Store, you'll use the same account.

Get a code signing certificate

Before you can establish a Dashboard account, you need to get a code signing certificate to secure your digital information.

Step 4: Certify your app

Upload results to the Dashboard

After your run the Windows App Certification Kit tests, upload the results to your Dashboard account.

Manage your submission

After you submit your app for certification, you can review your submission through the Dashboard.

Step 5: Promote your desktop app (optional)

Verify your listing in the Compatibility Center

Update your app's compatibility status or add apps by using the Dashboard.

Use the logo with your app

Display the logo on packaging and in ads and other promotional materials according to the guidelines. For Windows 7 apps, see the Windows 7 logo information.

List your app in the Windows Store

After your app passes the tests and is certified, you can opt to list it in the Windows Store (applies to Windows 8.1).


App compatibility forum

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Windows SDK blog

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Windows Server forum

Visit the Certification forum to get answers.

Compatibility cookbook

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