Windows Logo Program Newsletter - July 31, 2012

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Windows HCK Refresh Coming at Windows 8 RTM

Submission fee update

Guidelines for Naming the Radio Manager

Hardware Certification Requirements Updated

Enforcement of UEFI POST Time Requirement Deferred Until April

Condition of deferral for laptops, notebooks, and tablets

Condition of deferral for All-in-one systems

Touch Hardware Certification Tools Vendors List

How to create a Common CAT file

Windows HCK Refresh Coming at Windows 8 RTM

At Windows 8 RTM, a refreshed Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) will be available. The kit will include all QFEs released since Windows 8 Release Preview, plus a few more. You'll be able to download the RTM kit from the same place you download the current kit.

The Hardware Developer Portal will accept certification submissions from either the Release Preview or the RTM co-release version of the HCK during a 90-day transition. After the transition period ends, the RTM HCK will be the only acceptable HCK version. The older Windows Logo Kit (WLK) 1.6 isn't affected by the update and currently remains available for submissions.

Submission fee update

No submissions fees are being charged for Windows RT or UEFI submissions.

We're updating the billing policy document to make this more clear.

Guidelines for Naming the Radio Manager

The radio manager must be given a name, which is the name of the radio switch that's displayed on the Wireless page of PC settings. The name must be simple, yet describe what the radio is. For example, an NFC radio should have a name field value of "NFC", and a GPS radio should have a name field value of "GPS" or "GNSS", whichever is more appropriate. The name must not include the word "radio", or the manufacturer's name, or some other word related to the radio's functionality (for example, "Location" or "port".

Hardware Certification Requirements Updated

The certification documents were updated July 2 and are available online and as downloadable PDFs. If you use PDFs for reference, we highly recommend that you download the new versions for Devices and for Client and Server Systems, so you can review the technical updates.

See Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements for the content, as well as a link to the PDF downloads.

Enforcement of UEFI POST Time Requirement Deferred Until April

Based on feedback from our industry partners, and to give them more time to prepare their supply chains, the enforcement of full UEFI POST Time requirement as a part of Windows 8 certification is now deferred until April 15, 2013. Until then, systems must meet the temporary requirements that follow.

Partners should review the requirements thoroughly, meet the relaxed conditions exactly as described, and include ID 478 in a README file when making a certification submission.

Condition of deferral for laptops, notebooks, and tablets

  • Laptops and tablet systems using spinning disk drives are eligible to certify, provided such systems POST within 4.3 seconds or less.

  • Systems with spinning disk drives may include systems that use SSD for caching, not booting.

  • Systems shipping after April 15, 2013, must meet requirements as published.

Condition of deferral for All-in-one systems

  • All-in-one systems using spinning disk drives are eligible to certify, provided such systems POST within 10 seconds or less.ReplaceThisText

  • Systems with spinning disk drives may include systems that use SSD for caching, not booting.

  • This deferral does not apply to laptops/notebooks/tablets.

  • Systems shipping after April 15, 2013, must meet requirements as published.

Touch Hardware Certification Tools Vendors List

Here's the contact information for vendors of the Precision Touch (PT3) and Rotational Acoustic (RA) Test Tools. Get in touch with them if you have questions about making a purchase.

Precision Touch (PT3) Test Tool vendors

Rotational Acoustic (RA) Test Tool vendor

For information about using the Touch Certification Tools, see these documents:

How to create a Common CAT file

The way you approach creating a common file largely depends on what your drivers are like.

Case 1: If you have a common driver for all versions of Windows (Windows XP to Windows 8), you can get the signed common CAT file by adjusting the driver folder in the HCK Studio before you create the final HCKX file.

  1. Create all of the HCKX files and their driver folders on the Package tab.

  2. Merge all of the HCKX files using by using the Merge option.

  3. Go to the Package tab.

  4. Right-click an appropriate driver path in the Driver Folder group, and then click Properties.

    Driver Properties gives the information about the driver and which version of Windows it's for. When a driver is the same for all versions of Windows, you can associate it with all of the versions on the Products tab. You can also set its locale on the Locales tab.

  5. Under Products, select every version of Windows, and then click OK.

  6. Delete the unused associated driver paths from the Drivers Folder group.

  7. Create the final package from HCK Studio and submit the package through the Hardware Dashboard.

Case 2: If you have one common driver for the x86 platform and one for the x64 platform, you can create a common single CAT file for each platform. Follow the steps for each.

  1. Create all of the HCKX files and their driver folders on the Package tab.

  2. Merge all of the HCKX files using by using the Merge option.

  3. Go to the Package tab.

  4. Right-click an appropriate driver path in the Driver Folder group, and then click Properties.

    Driver Properties displays information about the driver and which version of Windows it's for. When a single driver is used for an entire platform, you can associate it on the Products tab with all supported versions of Windows.

  5. Under Products, select every version of Windows that runs on the platform the driver is for, and then click OK. Delete the unused associated driver paths from the Drivers Folder group.

  6. Create the final package from HCK Studio and submit the package through the Hardware Dashboard.

Case 3: Adding the driver folder during the final step.

  1. Create all of the HCKX files, but don't add drivers to them.

  2. Merge all of the HCKX files using by using the Merge option.

  3. On the Package tab, upload the driver and select the architecture for that driver from Platform.

  4. Under Products, select every version of Windows the driver is for, and then click OK.

  5. If you have a common driver for all versions of Windows, select every version and create the final HCKX file.

    -OR-

    If you have separate drivers for x86 and x64 platforms, load both drivers, select every version of Windows that runs on the platform the driver is for, and then click OK. Create the final HCKX package.

You don't need to attach drivers to intermediate packages. You can add or remove drivers as needed.

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