Development Environment Required to Use Windows DDK

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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.

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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:

  1. Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM) version 5.1 or higher (for all drivers).
  2. Microsoft C Compiler version 6.0 or higher (generally used for printer drivers).
  3. 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 available.
  4. The tools and files included with the Microsoft Windows DDK and the Microsoft Software SDK.
  5. 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 driver.

Article ID: 68068 - Last Review: Jun 17, 2014 - Revision: 1