Windows Driver Kit

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Windows Driver Kit
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 8.1 / September 16, 2013; 21 months ago (2013-09-16)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows
Available in English
Website 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.

History of WDK[edit]

Previously, the WDK was known as Windows Driver Development Kit (DDK) and supported Windows Driver Model development. It got its current name when Microsoft released Windows Vista and added the following tools to the kit:

DDK Versions[edit]

Version 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 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) August 1996 (1996-08)
Windows 98 DDK July 1998 (1998-07)
Windows 2000 DDK February 2000 (2000-02)
Windows XP Driver Development Kit (DDK) September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)
Windows XP SP1 Driver Development Kit (DDK) November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)
Windows Server 2003 DDK April 9, 2003 (2003-04-09)
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 DDK 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]

The DDK for Windows 2000 and earlier versions did not include an compiler; instead Visual C++ was used to compile drivers. From the version for Windows XP the DDK and later the WDK include an command line compiler that is used to compile drivers. One of the reasons Microsoft gave for including an 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 an different product cycle with more freqvent changes.

WDK Versions[edit]

Version Release Date Notes
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Vista November 29, 2006 (2006-11-29)
Windows Driver Kit — Server 2008 (x86, x64, ia64) April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
Windows Driver Kit — Server 2008 Release SP1 (x86, x64, ia64) December 1, 2008 (2008-12-01)
Windows Driver Kit for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 August 6, 2009 (2009-08-06)
Windows Driver Kit Version 7.1.0 (x86, x64, ia64) February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28)
Windows Driver Kit 8 August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) downloads before 8/17/2012 had a bug in WDF coinstaller[2]
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)

Later DTM was renamed to Windows Logo Kit (WLK) and separated from WDK.

As in the later DDK's an compiler is included in the WDK until and including WDK 7.1.0 while the 8.x series of WDK goes back to using Visual Studio as the compiler.

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