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Windows Hardware Certification Requirements

Updated: April 8, 2014

The Windows Hardware Certification Program (formerly known as the Windows Logo program) makes it easier to certify your hardware for all client and server versions of Windows. Use the following requirements and policy information to build and certify your Windows-compatible devices, systems, and filter drivers across all Windows platforms. This program covers:

  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows RT 8.1

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 7

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008

These requirements are the result of our collaboration with our partners and focus on customer scenarios. They are organized by feature and correspond to the tests validated in the Windows Hardware Certification Kit. We have divided the requirements into three sets:

Hardware Certification Requirements for Windows




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System Requirements

System requirements for certifying client and server versions of Windows systems including client and server.

Download Image Download: Updated: December 2014

Device Requirements

Device requirements for certifying a stand-alone device (integrated or external).

Download Image Download: Updated: April 8, 2014

Filter Driver Requirements

Filter driver requirements for certifying and signing Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) drivers, file systems filter drivers, antivirus filter drivers, and Early Launch Anti-Malware (ELAM) filter drivers.

Download Image Download: Updated: September 17, 2013

Hardware Certification Policies and Processes

This Windows Hardware Certification Policies and Processes document contains certification testing policies, product submission, and business requirements.

Download Image Windows 8.1 Hardware Certification Policy

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