Developing drivers for Windows 8 in VS2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi there,

    I'm looking to develop a driver for windows 8 and am a bit confused about what platform I can develop this on.

    Can it be developed on a windows 7 machine using VS2010?

    The Microsoft Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1 page only mentions VS2013.

    Many Thanks

    Friday, May 1, 2015 8:30 AM


  • The simplest way is to get VS2013 Express (which is free) and the WDK and go for it.  Starting with VS2012 Microsoft integrated the Windows 8 WDK with VS.  VS2013 goes with Windows 8.1 WDK and VS2015 goes with Windows 10 WDK.

    You can also develop a driver with the Windows 7 WDK, which has a command line version of VS2010 included with it.  This will only work if the driver capabilities you want are available in Windows 7.

    Don Burn Windows Driver Consulting Website: http://www.windrvr.com

    • Marked as answer by markRoddy Friday, May 1, 2015 2:13 PM
    Friday, May 1, 2015 11:17 AM