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Driver development tools: New in the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) for Windows 8.1

The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 includes the following changes to driver development tools and technologies.

Visual Studio Express

Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 Update works with Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop, which is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio. WDK 8.1 Update also works with Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 and Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013.

Driver Verifier

Driver Verifier has new options in Windows 8.1.

For more information, see Driver Verifier.

Tools for testing Drivers

The WDK 8.1 includes test suites for graphics, wireless LAN, mobile broadband (CDMA and GSM), and WiFi Direct devices. The are the same tests that are used in the Windows Hardware Certification Program. You can run these test suites using Visual Studio, or you can run command scripts that copy and run the test suites on test computers. For more information, see Testing a Driver and How to run the HCK Test Suites in WDK 8.1.

DDI Compliance Rules

The DDI Compliance Rules define requirements for the proper interaction between a driver and the kernel interface of the operating system. The DDI Compliance Rules now include the new NDIS/WIFI verification rule set. You can test NDIS/WIFI verification rules using Driver Verifier.

Tools for building drivers

The WDK 8.1 contains changes to the build environment.

The ProjectUpgradeTool takes Visual Studio project (*.vcxproj) and solution files (*.sln) that were created with the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8and upgrades them to work with the WDK 8.1 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.

For more information, see Building a Driver and the WDK and Visual Studio build environment.



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