Installing preview versions of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK)

This page contains installation instructions for Insider Preview (pre-release) versions of the Windows Driver Kit (WDK). The download links for the latest pre-release version of the WDK and the EWDK are on

For info about the latest released versions of the WDK, see Download the Windows Driver Kit (WDK). For downloads of earlier versions of the WDK, see Other WDK downloads.

Install Windows Driver Kit (WDK) Insider Preview

1. Install Visual Studio

  • The WDK now supports Visual Studio 2019. All editions are supported. The WDK no longer supports Visual Studio 2017.
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  • Select workload: Development with C++.
  • ARM: To build ARM drivers you must additionally install the component: Individual components -> Compilers, build tools, and runtimes -> Visual C++ compilers and libraries for ARM.
  • ARM64: Currently not supported.

2. Disable strong name validation

The WDK Visual Studio Extensions are currently not strong name signed. Run the following commands from an elevated command prompt to disable strong name validation:

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\StrongName\Verification\*,31bf3856ad364e35 /v TestPublicKey /t REG_SZ /d 00240000048000009400000006020000002400005253413100040000010001003f8c902c8fe7ac83af7401b14c1bd103973b26dfafb2b77eda478a2539b979b56ce47f36336741b4ec52bbc51fecd51ba23810cec47070f3e29a2261a2d1d08e4b2b4b457beaa91460055f78cc89f21cd028377af0cc5e6c04699b6856a1e49d5fad3ef16d3c3d6010f40df0a7d6cc2ee11744b5cfb42e0f19a52b8a29dc31b0 /f

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\StrongName\Verification\*,31bf3856ad364e35 /v TestPublicKey /t REG_SZ /d 00240000048000009400000006020000002400005253413100040000010001003f8c902c8fe7ac83af7401b14c1bd103973b26dfafb2b77eda478a2539b979b56ce47f36336741b4ec52bbc51fecd51ba23810cec47070f3e29a2261a2d1d08e4b2b4b457beaa91460055f78cc89f21cd028377af0cc5e6c04699b6856a1e49d5fad3ef16d3c3d6010f40df0a7d6cc2ee11744b5cfb42e0f19a52b8a29dc31b0 /f 

3. Install SDK Insider Preview

Get SDK Insider Preview

4. Install WDK Insider Preview

Get WDK Insider Preview


During installation you will see the Visual Studio installer install the WDK Visual Studio Extensions.

Install Enterprise WDK (EWDK) Insider Preview

The EWDK is a standalone self-contained command-line environment for building drivers. It includes Build Tools for Visual Studio 2019, the SDK, the WDK and support for ARM64 driver development. See more at Installing the Enterprise WDK.

Get the Enterprise Windows Driver Kit (EWDK) Insider Preview

To get started mount the ISO and click LaunchBuildEnv.

Run-time requirements for the WDK and the EWDK

The WDK requires Visual Studio. For more info about system requirements for Visual Studio, see Visual Studio 2019 System Requirements.

In addition, the EWDK requires .NET 4.7.2. For more info about what .NET runs on, see .NET Framework system requirements.

You can use the WDK Insider Preview and the EWDK Insider Preview to develop drivers for these operating systems:

Client OS Server OS
Windows 10 Windows Server 2016
Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 8 Windows Server 2012
Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1