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Windows Update Hardware-Related Software Content Policy

Last Updated: 2/2/2017

This content applies to the Sysdev dashboard, which is being replaced by the Windows Hardware Dev Center Dashboard. See Windows Hardware Dev Center Dashboard for current support and transition timelines.

Updated: January 13, 2012 File name: windows-update-driver-policy.docx 59 KB Microsoft Word file

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This paper provides information about distributing hardware-related third-party software on the Windows Update website for the Windows family of operating systems. It provides general guidelines to help hardware and PC manufacturers understand the Business, Eligibility and Removal policies.

This information applies for the following operating systems:

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server XP

Windows 2000

Included in this white paper:

Content Business Policy

Content Eligibility Policy

Content Removal Policy

Driver Distribution

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