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the difference between Windows 10 Desktop Attestation Signing and HLK Tested and Dashboard Signed Drivers? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, can you advise the difference between Windows 10 Desktop Attestation Signing and HLK Tested and Dashboard Signed Drivers?

    Thank you!

    Steve

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:06 AM

Answers

  • Hi Steve,

    The answer is VERY clear above.

      • A dashboard signed driver using attestation signing will only work on Windows 10 Desktop and later versions of Windows.
      • An attestation signed driver will only work for Windows 10 Desktop; it will not work for other versions of Windows, such as Windows Server 2016, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7

    So no, attestation signing will not work for Windows 7 or 8. 

    Sorry, there are many reason for cert errors, you will have to research that separately from this original question

    Sincerely,

    IoTGirl

    Sunday, February 5, 2017 5:53 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Steve,

    The answer is available at this link: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh801887%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

    HLK Tested and Dashboard Signed Drivers

    • A dashboard signed driver that has passed the HLK tests will work on Windows Vista through Windows 10, including Windows Server editions. This is the recommended method for driver signing, because it allows a single process for all OS versions. In addition, HLK tested drivers demonstrate that a manufacturer has rigorously tested their hardware to meet all of Microsoft's requirements with regards to reliability, security, power efficiency, serviceability, and performance, so as to provide a great Windows experience. This includes compliance with industry standards and adherence with Microsoft specifications for technology-specific features, helping to ensure correct installation, deployment, connectivity and interoperability.  For more information about the HLK, see Windows Hardware Compatibility Program.

    Windows 10 Desktop Attestation Signing

    • A dashboard signed driver using attestation signing will only work on Windows 10 Desktop and later versions of Windows.
    • An attestation signed driver will only work for Windows 10 Desktop; it will not work for other versions of Windows, such as Windows Server 2016, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7.
    • Attestation signing supports Windows 10 Desktop kernel mode and user mode drivers. Although user mode drivers do not need to be signed by Microsoft for Windows 10, the same attestation process can be used for both user and kernel mode drivers.

    Sincerely,

    IoTGirl

    Friday, February 3, 2017 9:03 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you very much!

    Our product is PCI-Express video capture card.

    Can we use Windows 10 Desktop Attestation Signing Kernel mode driver for official production release for Windows 10 only? Since our driver already can support Windows 8.1 and 7, so we can only have to prepare Attestation Signed driver for Windows 10?

    Any requirement for Attestation Signing?

    And please advise any difference on the driver compatibility with Windows 10 by Attestation Signing and by HLK Tested and Dashboard Signing? We signed the kernel driver by standard code and EV code signing before, but after driver installation on Windows 10, there is a error message showing that digital certificate are not recognized by system (Error code 52). Will Attestation Signing solve this problem?

    Thank you!

    Sunday, February 5, 2017 11:05 AM
  • Hi Steve,

    The answer is VERY clear above.

      • A dashboard signed driver using attestation signing will only work on Windows 10 Desktop and later versions of Windows.
      • An attestation signed driver will only work for Windows 10 Desktop; it will not work for other versions of Windows, such as Windows Server 2016, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7

    So no, attestation signing will not work for Windows 7 or 8. 

    Sorry, there are many reason for cert errors, you will have to research that separately from this original question

    Sincerely,

    IoTGirl

    Sunday, February 5, 2017 5:53 PM
    Moderator