Windows Driver Kit (WDK)

The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) is integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and Debugging Tools for Windows. This integrated environment gives you the tools you need to develop, build, package, deploy, test, and debug drivers. You can run many basic certification tests in the integrated environment. The WDK includes templates for several technologies and driver models, including Windows Driver Frameworks (WDF), Universal Serial Bus (USB), print, networking, and file system filters.

WDK and Visual Studio Express

Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 Update 1 works with Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop, which is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio. WDK 8.1 Update 1 also works with Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 and Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013.

How to get WDK 8.1 Update 1

WDK 8.1 Update 1 is integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. First install Visual Studio 2013, and then install WDK 8.1 Update 1. You can get the integrated environment here.

Note  Debugging Tools for Windows is included in WDK 8.1 Update 1, so you don't need to download it separately.

Run-time requirements for WDK 8.1 Update 1

You can use WDK 8.1 Update 1 to develop drivers that run on the these operating systems:

Windows 8.1Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 8Windows Server 2012
Windows 7Windows Server 2008 R2

 

You can run WDK 8.1 Update 1, integrated with Visual Studio 2013, on these operating systems:

Windows 8.1Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 8Windows Server 2012
Windows 7Windows Server 2008 R2

 

How to get Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8

We provide Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8 to give you time to migrate to Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft does not support WDK 8 and will make no further updates to WDK 8. We recommend that you use the latest versions of the WDK and Visual Studio to build drivers for Windows.

WDK 8 works with Visual Studio 2013 Professional or Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate. First install Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, and then install WDK 8. You can get the integrated environment here.

Note  Debugging Tools for Windows is included in WDK 8, so you don't need to download it separately.

Run-time requirements for WDK 8

You can use WDK 8 to develop drivers that run on the these operating systems:

Windows 8Windows Server 2012
Windows 7Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows VistaWindows Server 2008

 

You can run WDK 8, integrated with Visual Studio 2012, on these operating systems:

Windows 8Windows Server 2012
Windows 7Windows Server 2008 R2

 

How to get WDK 7.1.0

If you need to build a driver that runs on Windows XP, get WDK 7.1.0.

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