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Software Drivers

Hi,
Sorry if I've asked this question here already.
My company develops software in the form of drivers. There is no hardware associated with the driver.
Do we need to go through the hardware developer program and upload these drivers to be signed or whatever by microsoft to get them to run? We have already signed them with an EV code signing certificate from Sectigo.

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windows-hardware-certification
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If it is a kernel mode driver then, yes, you'll need to have the driver signed by Microsoft. If you are strictly targeting Windows 10, you can use Microsoft's attested signing option. If you are still stuck supporting Windows 7 or 8.1, the only officially supported method now is to use the HCK to get the Windows Hardware Certification. If your software-only driver does not have an INF or CAT file, you'll need to create a dummy INF for the attested signing submission process.

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