Windows Driver Kit

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Windows Driver Kit
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 10.0 / July 1, 2015; 54 days ago (2015-07-01)
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 (WDM) development. It got its current name when Microsoft released Windows Vista and added the following tools to the kit:

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 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]

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 Build Number Release Date Notes
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Vista 6000 November 29, 2006 (2006-11-29)
Windows Driver Kit – Server 2008 (x86, x64, ia64) 6001.18000 Jan 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 Driver Kit 7.0.0 7600.16385.0 August 6, 2009 (2009-08-06)
Windows Driver Kit 7.1.0 7600.16385.1 February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28)
Windows Driver Kit 8.0 8.59.25584 August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) downloads before 8/17/2012 had a bug in WDF coinstaller[2]
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 8.100.26638 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 Update 8.100.26846 August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20)
Windows Driver Kit 10.0 10.0.26639 July 2015

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

As in the later DDKs, a compiler is included in the WDK until and including WDK 7.1.0, while the WDK 8.x and later series goes back to using Visual Studio as the compiler.

Version Develops Drivers For Visual Studio Integration
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Vista Windows Vista -
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Server 2008 Windows XP SP1 - Vista SP1, Windows Server 2000 SP4 - 2008 -
Windows Driver Kit for Windows Server 2008 SP1 Windows XP SP1 - Vista SP1, Windows Server 2000 SP4 - 2008 SP1 -
Windows Driver Kit 7.0.0 Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 -
Windows Driver Kit 7.1.0 Windows XP SP3 - 7, Windows Server 2003 SP1 - 2008 R2 -
Windows Driver Kit 8.0 Windows 7 - 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 Visual Studio 2012
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 Windows 7 - 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 R2 Visual Studio 2013
Windows Driver Kit 8.1 Update Windows 7 - 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 R2 Visual Studio 2013
Windows Driver Kit 10.0 Windows 7 - 10 Visual Studio 2015

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