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Develop and certify hardware for Windows 8.1
Welcome to the Windows Hardware Developer Center! Find what you need to build, test, certify and deploy drivers for Windows hardware. Want to build a Windows Phone? Visit the Windows Phone Hardware Developer Center.
Driver development with Visual Studio Express
The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) now works with Visual Studio Express. First install Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop, and then install WDK 8.1 Update.
Windows deployment documentation is now available on the Hardware Dev Center. Access tools and information documentation to help you customize and deploy the Windows operating system across multiple devices with scale and accuracy.
WDK 8.1 Update
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.
Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) 8.1
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.
Windows Store device apps
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.
Windows compatible hardware development boards
Use Microsoft tools with hardware development boards to create new components and drivers that can be incorporated into a device running Windows or to kickstart the design of new Internet-enabled devices.
Windows hardware: Developer videos
Install the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK)
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WDK and VS integration
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