Update to System.Server.Assurance requirement

The System.Server.Assurance certification requirement for the current Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) of Windows Server 2016 (version 1607) has been updated. You can view the updated requirement on MSDN via the following link: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/commercialize/design/compatibility/systems#system.server.assurance The requirement to support the Hardware Security Test Interface (HSTI) is now conditional based upon the generation of server-class systems being…

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Submissions using Windows 10, version 1703 are now being accepted!

The Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) has been updated to support Windows 10, version 1703. The HLK is available for download on the Hardware Dev Center: https://aka.ms/hlk_dlc Version 1703 of the HLK enforces the Windows 10 hardware requirements and polices posted at https://aka.ms/compatreq and is designed for testing the following Windows 10 releases: Client version 1703…

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Windows 10 Driver Distribution via Windows Hardware Dev Center

When creating a shipping label for Windows Update using the Windows Hardware Dev Center, the versions of Windows 10 that you can select are based on the versions that were submitted with your HCK/HLK package or attestation submission selections. The Windows 10 version you select for publishing will be set as the minimum version of…

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Attestation Signing Submissions and Certification Verification Reports transitioning to the Windows Hardware Dev Center

In November 2016, the phased transition from SysDev (sysdev.microsoft.com) to the new Windows Hardware Dev Center began. The initial phase included the transition of HCK/HLK device submissions and has now been completed. The next phase of the transition will include Attestation signing and is detailed below. For further details on the overall transition to the new…

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HLK Compatibility Program Playlist and Additional Qualification Update for November 15th, 2016

The Windows Hardware Compatibility Program uses an official playlist to determine which tests must be successfully completed for devices and systems to be compatible with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. The latest playlist can be downloaded at https://sysdev.microsoft.com/en-US/Hardware/compatibilityplaylists. This playlist is optional for the next 90 days, after which it will be required by the…

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Driver Distribution Change for Windows 10, version 1607

Version 1607 of the Windows HLK enables you to distribute drivers to specific Windows 10 versions through Windows Update. When you distribute to a specific version of Windows 10, the Hardware Dev Portal submission must contain HLK results for that version. If distributing to all Windows 10 versions, you must include results for each version…

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Logo License Agreement (LLA): Logo updates and date extensions

As a result of Microsoft having received registered trademark status for the Windows logo, the trademark symbol (™) at the bottom right of the Windows logo on the Genuine Microsoft Label (GML) will be changing to a registered trademark symbol (®). Any GML variants containing the trademark symbol (™) may be used to exhaustion. This…

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Update to EV certificate requirement per submission

In a previous post, Microsoft announced that all driver and system submission packages submitted to the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard Portal must be signed with an Extended Validation (EV) certificate. As part of this announcement, the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard portal was to introduce a per-submission check to validate that every driver and system submission…

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Submissions using Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 are now being accepted!

Submissions covered by Windows 10, version 1607 The Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) has been updated to support Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016. The HLK is available for download on the Hardware Dev Center: https://aka.ms/hlk_dlc HLK version 1607 enforces the Windows 10 hardware requirements and polices posted at https://aka.ms/compatreq and is designed for…

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Driver Signing changes in Windows 10, version 1607

Last year, we announced that beginning with the release of Windows 10, all new Windows 10 kernel mode drivers must be submitted to the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard portal (Dev Portal) to be digitally signed by Microsoft. However, due to technical and ecosystem readiness issues, this was not enforced by Windows Code Integrity and…

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