Windows Driver Kit

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Windows Driver Kit
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release
10.1 / November 1, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-11-01)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows
Available in English
Website developer.microsoft.com/windows/hardware/windows-driver-kit

The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) is a software toolset from Microsoft that enables the development of device drivers for the Microsoft Windows platform. It includes documentation, samples, build environments, and tools for driver developers. A complete toolset for driver development also need the following: a compiler Visual Studio, Windows SDK, and Windows Hardware Certification Kit.

History of WDK[edit]

Previously, the WDK was known as Windows Driver Development Kit (DDK) and supported Windows Driver Model (WDM) development. It got its current name when Microsoft released Windows Vista and added the following previously separated tools to the kit: Installable File System Kit (IFS Kit), Driver Test Manager (DTM), though DTM was later renamed and removed from WDK again.

The DDK for Windows 2000 and earlier versions did not include a compiler; instead you need to install Visual C++ separately to compile drivers. From the version for Windows XP the DDK and later the WDK include a command line compiler to compile drivers. One of the reasons Microsoft gave for including a compiler was that the quality of drivers would improve if they were compiled with the same version of the compiler that was used to compile Windows itself while Visual C++ is targeted to application development and has a different product cycle with more frequent changes. The WDK 8.x and later series goes back to require installing a matched version of Visual Studio separately, but this time the integration is more complete that you can edit / build / debug the driver from within the Visual Studio directly.

DDK Versions[edit]

Version Build Number Release Date
Windows 3.1 DDK 1992 (1992)
Windows NT 3.1 DDK 1993 (1993)
Windows NT 3.5 DDK 1994 (1994)
Windows NT 3.51 DDK 1025.1 July 1995 (1995-07)
Windows 95 DDK October 1995 (1995-10)
Windows NT DDK (for Windows NT Workstation 3.51) July 1996 (1996-07)
Windows NT DDK (for Windows NT Workstation 4.0) 1381.1 August 1996 (1996-08)
Windows 98 DDK July 1998 (1998-07)
Windows 98 SE DDK May 1999 (1999-05)
Windows 2000 DDK 2195.1 February 2000 (2000-02)
Windows XP Driver Development Kit (DDK) 2600 September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)
Windows XP SP1 Driver Development Kit (DDK) 2600.1106 November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)
Windows Server 2003 DDK 3790 April 9, 2003 (2003-04-09)
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 DDK 3790.1830 April 6, 2005 (2005-04-06)

Note: Windows NT DDK, Windows 98 DDK and Windows 2000 DDK are no longer available for download by Microsoft because of Java-related settlements made by Microsoft with Sun Microsystems.[1]

WDK Versions[edit]

Version Build Number Release Date Develops Drivers For Visual Studio Integration Notes
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Vista 6000 November 29, 2006 (2006-11-29) Windows Vista - -
Windows Driver Kit – Server 2008 (x86, x64, ia64) 6001.18000 Jan 2008 Windows XP SP1 - Vista SP1, Windows Server 2000 SP4 - 2008 - -
Windows Driver Kit – Server 2008 (x86, x64, ia64) 6001.18001 April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01) - - -
Windows Driver Kit – Server 2008 Release SP1 (x86, x64, i64) 6001.18002 December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08) Windows XP SP1 - Vista SP1, Windows Server 2000 SP4 - 2008 SP1 - -
Windows Driver Kit 7.0.0 7600.16385.0 August 6, 2009 (2009-08-06) Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 - -
Windows Driver Kit 7.1.0 7600.16385.1 February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28) Windows XP SP3 - 7, Windows Server 2003 SP1 - 2008 R2 - -
Windows Driver Kit 8.0 8.59.25584 August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) Windows 7 - 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 Visual Studio 2012 Downloads before 8/17/2012 had a bug in WDF co-installer[2]
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 8.100.26638 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) Windows 7 - 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 R2 Visual Studio 2013 -
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 Update 8.100.26846 August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) Windows 7 - 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 R2 Visual Studio 2013 -
Windows Driver Kit 10, Version 1507 10.0.26639 July 2015 Windows 7 SP1 - 10 Visual Studio 2015 RTM - Update 3 -
Windows Driver Kit 10, Version 1511 10.1.10586 November 2015 Windows 7 SP1 - 10 Version 1511 Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 - 3 Windows 10 November Update
Windows Driver Kit 10, Version 1607 10.1.14393 August 2016 Windows 7 SP1 - 10 Version 1607 (Excludes Win10 Version 1507 & 1511) Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows Driver Kit 10, Version 1703 10.0.15063 April 2017 Windows 7 SP1 - 10 (Version 1607 & 1703 only), Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2016 Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows Driver Kit 10, Version 1709 10.0.16299 October 2017 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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