Windows Hardware Certification requirement changes effective January 1, 2014

This post provides an update to the September 17, 2013, Windows requirements publication on MSDN. The below requirement changes are intended to relax the Windows 8.1 system and device requirements and give our partners greater flexibility in designing and differentiating their tablet and PC products in 2014. It’s important to understand that the changes remove…


Hardware certification submission fees update

To help our hardware partners achieve certification qualification, the Windows Certification Program team is pleased to announce that all hardware certification fees will be dropped starting on 1/1/2014. Any hardware certification submissions that arrive on 1/1/2014 or later will not be invoiced for submission fees. This is a great opportunity to lower your development costs…


Errata expiration guidelines

We’ve updated all active errata filters for the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK).  All active errata that weren’t fixed in the test kit are now extended until 12/31/2014. We’ll reevaluate all active errata again about 3 months before the new expiration dates. We’ll either retire errata or extend the expiration date again, depending on whether…


HCK QFE 05 for Windows 8.1 now available

For information about QFE updates, see Windows Hardware Certification Kit QFE Updates. To get the latest QFEs for the Windows HCK, run HCKSetup.exe. The Windows HCK download includes all previous QFE updates. Learn what’s in the QFE Download and install HCK to get the QFE Download the QFE now Note: Before applying the QFE, close…


Fast-track Windows 8.1 certification

You can fast-track the Windows 8 certified devices listed in the table below for Windows 8.1 certification if: The device was previously certified for Windows 8. The device’s binaries haven’t changed since the submission for Windows 8, and only the INF is updated to reflect the new Windows version. If the device meets these criteria,…


Pre-submission testing for UEFI submissions

1 Introduction This post provides guidance on how to test sign and verify UEFI modules before submitting them for signature by Microsoft UEFI CA. Before using the Windows Dev Center hardware dashboard to sign a UEFI driver or app, you should test sign your UEFI driver or app and verify it, following the guidelines provided…


Microsoft UEFI CA Signing policy updates

This post describes UEFI Signing policy changes. These changes are important to help secure boot meet its security goals and also to maintain a reasonable turnaround time for signing UEFI submissions. This post also reiterates a few important parts of the existing UEFI signing policy licensing terms. UEFI signing is a service provided by the…