The tools and documentation in the Microsoft Windows Software Development
Kit (SDK) version 3.0 or 3.1 are required to develop a device driver or a
virtual device (including a 386 enhanced-mode virtual device). The
documentation for the Microsoft Windows DDK includes several references to
the SDK documentation. The SDK documentation contains detailed information
on the new features supported by Windows.
For technical assistance while developing a driver or virtual device,
contact Microsoft Product Support Services regarding its Support Premier or
Support Professional services.
The following languages, tools, and software are necessary to produce a
device driver or a virtual device for Microsoft Windows version 3.0 or 3.1:
- Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM) version 5.1 or higher (for all
- Microsoft C Compiler version 6.0 or higher (generally used for
- Version 3.0 of the DDK supports the Microsoft C Compiler version
5.1 for those developers who have not upgraded to a later version
of the compiler or who desire to confirm successful DDK
installation by building a driver and performing a binary
comparison with the corresponding driver included in the DDK.
Version 5.1 of the Microsoft C Compiler is no longer commercially
- The tools and files included with the Microsoft Windows DDK and the
Microsoft Software SDK.
- The Windows retail product and various applications (for debugging
and testing). Version 3.1 of the Windows DDK includes display,
printer and network compatibility tests to assist in debugging a
Article ID: 68068 - Last Review: June 17, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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