Target platform on driver reference pages

In the Requirements block at the bottom of Microsoft driver reference pages, you'll see an entry called Target Platform. This line lists editions of Windows to which the page applies.

Here's an example of such an entry:

target platform set to universal in requirements block

The values specified in Target Platform map to the values you can use in Visual Studio, in the Target Platform property under Configuration Properties->Driver Settings->General.

Here are the values you might see for Target Platform, and what they mean:

Term Description

Universal

A driver binary in a Universal Windows driver can call this device driver interface (DDI).

A Universal Windows driver runs on the following Universal Windows Platform (UWP)-based editions of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, and Enterprise)
  • Windows 10 in S-Mode
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 IoT Core
  • Windows Server 2016

For more info, see Getting Started with Universal Windows drivers.

Desktop

A driver binary for Windows 10 for desktop editions or Windows Server 2016 can call this DDI.

Mobile

A driver binary for Windows 10 Mobile can call this DDI.