I use the built in Windows 8.1 USB stuff and like it. Rolling or building my own drivers is not a good idea, I can live with the Windows 8.1 built in drivers, but then I work for Microsoft.
On the other hand: You might want to maintain your own drivers for historical reasons, for example you might be connecting to a CAN automotive bus and don’t want to go through testing again with a new driver. Completely understand. Don’t have an easy solution, but others might.
I am sticking with the Windows provided drivers for safety sake. And also because I am just putting the whole idea of an Arduino like sensor devices that an use the Windows 8.1 app via a USB port. Why? For now, because I want to, I am building a solution that is looking for a problem.
- Windows USB universal Driver (my title): Winusb.sys <<link
Talking to USB devices, start to finish (Windows Store app)
Use this link to connect to the process on how to talk to USB devices completely. It is a long step-by-step process. I would start early in the day if you are going over this in it’s entirety.