Windows Certification Newsletter - August 6, 2013

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HCK QFE 06 now available

Fast-track Windows 8.1 certification

HCK QFE 06 now available

For information about QFE updates, see Windows Hardware Certification Kit QFE Updates.

To get the latest QFEs for the Windows HCK, run HCKSetup.exe. The Windows HCK download includes all previous QFE updates.

Learn what’s in the QFE

Download and install HCK to get the QFE

Download the QFE now


Before applying the QFE, close all active DTM Studio sessions. Applying this QFE might affect in-progress submissions, so please complete any submissions before applying the QFE. After installing this QFE, you'll need to regenerate any affected submission that was generated before the QFE was installed.


Fast-track Windows 8.1 certification

You can fast-track Windows 8 certified devices listed in the table below for Windows 8.1 certification if:

  • The device was previously certified for Windows 8.

  • The device's binaries haven't changed since the submission for Windows 8. Only the INF is updated to reflect the new Windows version.

If the device meets these criteria, here's how you can create a submission:

  1. Use the new Windows HCK for Windows 8.1, create a Windows 8.1 project, and run the Device.DevFund INF test.

  2. Use the Dashboard to package the results for submission upload.

  3. Include the previous Windows 8 submission ID in the README file.

  4. Reference errata ID 2657, "Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 driver certification update special," in the README file.

Submissions are reviewed for these items:

  1. The earlier Windows certification referenced in the README file.

  2. The DevFund INF test passes.

  3. No driver binary changes occurred (by using WinDiff).

If the review is successful, there's no cost for the submission.

Certified Windows 8 devices and drivers that can be resubmitted for Windows 8.1 using the plan above

Digital Video Camera

Digital Media Renderer

Digital Still Camera

Distribution Scan Management Enabled Device

Enterprise WSD Multifunction Printer

Game Controller

Generic Controller

Graphics Tablet

Hard Drive – HDD, SSD




Multifunction Printer

Optical Drive

Pen Digitizer


Removable Storage



SDIO Controller

Signature Tablet

Smart Card

Smart Card Reader

Storage Array

Storage Controller (Client)

Storage Spaces Adapter (Client)

Storage Spaces Drive

Storage Spaces Enclosure


Touch Monitor


WSD Multifunction

WSD Printer

WSD Scanner


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