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How can Windows XP drivers be certified? RRS feed

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  • Since HCK 8.1 no longer supports Windows XP. How can we certify our drivers in that OS?
    Monday, October 21, 2013 12:50 PM

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  • In the October 10th edition of the Windows Certification newsletter we addressed this question.  I have copied and pasted the information down below.

    Digital signatures for legacy operating systems

    When you successfully complete testing for a client certification of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, use the Windows Dev Center hardware dashboard to create a submission package for uploading - the same process that you've used in the past. And, if you're using a uniform driver that's properly decorated to include Windows Vista and Windows XP, the dashboard has check boxes for free digital signatures.

    And when you successfully complete testing for a server certification of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2, you can also use the dashboard to create a submission package for uploading. Again, this is the same process that you've used in the past. And similarly, if you're using a uniform driver that's properly decorated to include Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, the dashboard has check boxes for free digital signatures. You can select the check boxes only if the driver being submitted was previously fully tested for certification with an earlier version of the HCK. If you select these check boxes, you must add to the supplemental folder a Readme file that includes the previous submission IDs for the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 certification testing. All submissions for which you select these check boxes will go into the manual review queue so that the previous certification for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 can be confirmed. If no Readme file is provided for the certification testing for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003, the submission will be canceled.  

    Windows XP and Windows Vista standalone digital signatures no longer available after November 30<sup>th</sup>

    With the retirement of HCK 2.0 on November 30, 2013, Windows XP and Windows Vista standalone digital signatures will no longer be available. The only way to obtain a Windows XP or Windows Vista digital signature after this date will be to test by using HCK for Windows 8.1 on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 with a uniform driver that uses the same driver binaries as the higher level operating system. If you do this, a check box will appear that will let you add a Windows XP or Windows Vista signature to the submission.

    Certification newsletters are archived at this  site:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/hardware/gg487488.

    To get the latest news and notes on the certification program, please subscribe to the Windows Hardware Certification Newsletter using this link:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg462957.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:57 PM
  • Hi Paul,

    We are indeed using a uniform driver (if it's definition is using the same files for different OS's). As I can recall, when we packaged our driver for the Windows 7 and Server 2008 OS's there where no checkbox available to select OS's other than the one tested using HCK.

    (I'm talking about the HCK Studio's package tab --> Add Driver Folder --> (Browse for folder) --> (OS are listed in the Products tab [no options for other OS's other than the one tested]).

    Do we have to do other things in HCK 8.1 to enable/show those checkboxes for Windows XP?

    Regards,
    Michael

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:59 AM