Certify your desktop app
Follow these steps to get your desktop app certified for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
Step 1: Prep for certification
Certifying your desktop app provides several benefits for you and your customers.
Review the technical requirements and eligibility qualifications that a desktop app must meet.
If you want your app to be listed in the Windows Store for Windows 8.1, start by becoming familiar with the workflow.
Step 2: Test your app with the Windows App Certification Kit
To certify your app, you have to install and run the Windows App Certification Kit (included in the Windows SDK).
Before you can submit your app, you must test it for readiness. You can also download a copy of the app certification white paper.
Get the list of the tests your app needs to pass to qualify for compatibility with the latest Windows operating system.
Note: Filter drivers must also pass the Hardware Certification Kit. (See Certification requirements for Windows desktop apps, section 6.2.)
Step 3: Establish a dashboard account
If your company isn't already registered, you must register it through the Dashboard. If you also plan to list your app in the Windows Store, you'll use the same account.
Before you can establish a Dashboard account, you need to get a code signing certificate to secure your digital information.
Step 4: Certify your app
After your run the Windows App Certification Kit tests, upload the results to your Dashboard account.
After you submit your app for certification, you can review your submission through the Dashboard.
Step 5: Promote your desktop app (optional)
Update your app's compatibility status or add apps by using the Dashboard.
Display the logo on packaging and in ads and other promotional materials according to the guidelines. For Windows 7 apps, see the Windows 7 logo information.
After your app passes the tests and is certified, you can opt to list it in the Windows Store (applies to Windows 8.1).
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