Advances to the display Infrastructure

Windows 8 provides enhancements and optimizations to the display infrastructure to further improve the user experience.

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Container ID support for displays

This topic describes Container ID support for displays—visual representation of devices that are embedded within a display or monitor device.

Microsoft Basic Display Driver

In Windows 8, The Microsoft Basic Display Driver (MSBDD) is the in-box display driver that replaces the XDDM VGA Save and VGA PnP drivers.

Desktop duplication

Windows 8 introduces a new Microsoft DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI)-based API to make it easier for independent software vendors (ISVs) to support desktop collaboration and remote desktop access scenarios.

Support for headless systems

Windows 8 supports booting without any graphics hardware. This is accomplished by using a stub display output if no display devices are found. This stub display is implemented as part of the in-box Microsoft Basic Display Driver (MSBDD).