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The Windows Driver Kit now works with Visual Studio Express. First install Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop, and then install Windows Driver Kit 8.1 Update.
Windows deployment documentation is now available on the Hardware Dev Center. Access tools and information to help you customize and deploy the Windows operating system across multiple devices with scale and accuracy.
The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 Update speeds up your development with better provisioning, deployment, and a unified Windows Driver Framework (WDF). Enhanced Device Driver Interfaces (DDIs) let you build better display and serial control devices. View the complete WDK documentation.
Improvements in the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) let you scope tests based on scenarios and distribute them across several computers, speeding up test time.
The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) has new assessments to help you measure the power and performance of your hardware, including Windows Store app analysis.
New capabilities for Windows Store device apps include the Device Metadata Authoring Wizard, expanded AutoPlay support, background tasks that enable device updates, and improved print functionality.