Device Metadata Authoring Wizard

[This topic describes the Device Metadata Authoring tool provided in the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8. If you're developing device experiences for Windows 8.1, use the Device Metadata Authoring Wizard available with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 8.1. For more information, see Windows 8.1 device experience. ]


The Device Metadata Authoring Wizard is a tool that device manufacturers and service operators can use to develop a metadata package for their devices and services. This metadata package provides information that appears to Windows users, including the photorealistic icon and name for the device or service.

The tool also allows device manufacturers and service operators to associate a UWP device app to their device or service. UWP device apps launch automatically when a user first connects a device. The look, feel, and functionality of the app are entirely up to the device manufacturer.

After using the tool to define these elements for your device or service, you can submit the final package to Microsoft for validation.

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Developer audience

The Device Metadata Authoring Wizard is designed for use by Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and mobile broadband carriers.