Other WDK downloads

This topic contains information about earlier versions of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK), Enterprise WDK (EWDK), and additional downloads for support purposes. To develop drivers, use the latest public versions of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) and tools, available for download on Download the Windows Driver Kit (WDK).

The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) is used to develop, test, and deploy Windows drivers. To develop drivers, use the latest public versions of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) and tools, available for download on Download the Windows Driver Kit (WDK).

This topic contains information about earlier versions of the WDK, the Enterprise WDK (EWDK), and additional downloads for support purposes. To use these earlier versions, you must first install the version of Visual Studio that is appropriate for your targeted platform.

Step 1: Install Visual Studio

Development of drivers is supported for specific versions of Visual Studio. To develop a driver for a specific version of Windows, you must use one of the versions of Visual Studio that are identified (and linked for download) in the following table.

Targeted versions of Windows Edition(s) of Visual Studio
Windows 10, version 1809
Windows 10, version 1803
Windows 10, version 1709
Visual Studio Community 2017
Visual Studio Professional 2017
Visual Studio Enterprise 2017
Windows 10, version 1703
Windows 10, version 1607
Visual Studio Express 2015 for Desktop
Visual Studio Community 2015
Visual Studio Professional 2015
Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
Windows 8.1 Update
Windows 8.1
Visual Studio 2013
Windows 8 Visual Studio Professional 2012
Visual Studio Ultimate 2012

Configure Visual Studio for Windows 10, versions 1709, 1803, and 1809

When you install Visual Studio, select the Desktop development with C++ workload. The Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) is automatically included and is displayed in the right-hand Summary pane.

To develop drivers for ARM/ARM64, choose Individual components and under Compilers, build tools, and runtimes select Visual C++ compilers and libraries for ARM/ARM64.

Install the Windows SDK to target Windows 10, versions 1607 and 1703

If your development targets systems that run Windows 10, version 1607 or Windows 10, version 1703, you should install Visual Studio 2015, and then also download and install the version of the Windows SDK for the targeted version of Windows 10, as identified in the following table.

Targeted versions of Windows Version of Windows SDK
Windows 10, version 1703 Windows SDK for Windows 10.0.15063.468
Windows 10, version 1607 Windows SDK for Windows 10.0.14393.795
Windows 8.1 Windows SDK for Windows 8.1
Windows 8 Windows SDK for Windows 8

The Windows SDK was not included in Visual Studio 2015, so you must install the SDK separately. Later versions of Visual Studio include the Windows SDK.

Step 2: Install the WDK

The WDK is integrated with Visual Studio and Debugging Tools for Windows (WinDbg). This integrated environment gives you the tools you need to develop, build, package, deploy, test, and debug drivers.

Note

Starting with Windows 10, version 1709, installing the WDK will by default install the WDK extensions for Visual Studio. These extensions are required for integration of the WDK with Visual Studio.

Versions of Windows WDK and related downloads
Windows 10, version 1809 WDK for Windows 10, version 1809
Windows 10, version 1803 WDK for Windows 10, version 1803
Windows 10, version 1709 WDK for Windows 10, version 1709
Windows 10, version 1703 WDK for Windows 10, version 1703
Windows 10, version 1607 WDK for Windows 10, version 1607
Windows 8.1 Update WDK 8.1 Update (English only)
WDK 8.1 Update Test Pack (English only)
WDK 8.1 Samples
Windows 8 WDK 8 (English only)
WDK 8 redistributable components (English only)
WDK 8 Samples
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
WDK 7.1.0

Important

If you have installed the WDK for Windows 10, version 1703 on a system that had the WDK for Windows 10, version 1607 installed, some files from the earlier version of the WDK might have been removed. To restore these files:

  1. On the Start menu, enter Apps & features in the search box, and select Apps & features from the results.
  2. Find Windows Driver Kit - Windows 10.0.15063.0 in the list of Apps & Features, and then select the program.
  3. Select Modify, select Repair, and then follow the directions on the screen.
  4. The files will be restored.

Optional: Install the EWDK

The Enterprise WDK (EWDK) is a standalone, self-contained, command-line environment for building drivers and basic Win32 test applications. It includes the Visual Studio Build Tools, the SDK, and the WDK. This environment doesn't include all the features available in Visual Studio, such as the integrated development environment (IDE).

Using the EWDK requires .NET Framework 4.6.1. For more information about which systems run this version of the framework, see .NET Framework system requirements. For links to download the .NET Framework, see Install the .NET Framework for developers.

For more information about the EWDK, see Using the Enterprise WDK 10.

Versions of Windows EWDK
Windows 10, version 1809 EWDK for Windows 10, version 1809
Windows 10, version 1803 EWDK for Windows 10, version 1803
Windows 10, version 1709 EWDK for Visual Studio with Build Tools 15.6 (Recommended)
EWDK for Visual Studio with Build Tools 15.4
EWDK for Visual Studio with Build Tools 15.2
Windows 10, version 1703 EWDK for Windows 10, version 1703

Note

Starting in Windows 10 version 1709, the EWDK is ISO-based. To get started, download and mount the ISO, and then run LaunchBuildEnv.

Optional: Install updated test certificates for HAL extensions

To work with HAL Extensions, prepare your development system, running Windows 10, version 1709 or a later version of Windows 10. Also install the WDK or the EWDK, and then install the updated version of the Windows OEM HAL Extension Test Cert 2017 (TEST ONLY), available for download as a ZIP file: HAL_Extension_Test_Cert_2017.zip.

For more information about using this updated certificate, see Update for "Windows OEM HAL Extension Test Cert 2017 (TEST ONLY)" test certificate on Windows Support.

Optional: Install WinDbg Preview

WinDbg Preview is a new version of WinDbg with more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the extensible debugger data model front and center. WinDbg Preview supports debugging every version of Windows 10.

For download links and more information about WinDbg Preview, see Download WinDbg Preview.

Standalone tools for debugging Windows XP and Windows Vista

If you're debugging Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 (or using one of these operating systems to run Debugging Tools for Windows), you need to use the Windows 7 release of the debugging tools. It's included in the SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4.0.

Important

Newer versions of the Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable can cause issues when you install the SDK for Windows 7. For more information, see Windows SDK Fails to Install with Return Code 5100 on Microsoft Support.

Get the standalone debugging tools for Windows XP by first downloading the Windows 7 SDK: Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4.

To install the Debugging Tools for Windows as a standalone component, start the SDK installer, and in the installation wizard, select Debugging Tools for Windows, and clear all other components.