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Chapter 2 - Hardware Requirements for Windows Logo

These guidelines define the Windows Logo Program requirements for consistent, stable operating system functionality and help ensure a satisfactory customer experience.

Compliance dates for specific Windows Logo Program requirements are defined on the web at http://www.microsoft.com/winlogo/hardware/.

Summary of Windows Logo Requirements

The Windows Logo Program requirements consist of the following for each operating system for which the vendor is seeking the “Designed for Windows” logo:

Current Microsoft Hardware Compatibility Tests (HCTs) from WHQL, available on the web at http://www.microsoft.com/hwdq/hwtest/pages/testkits.asp.

The requirements summarized in the following sources:

This chapter

Appendix A, "System Requirements Checklist"

Appendix B, "Device Requirements Checklist"

Any clarifications, corrections, or additions listed on the Windows Logo Program for Hardware web site at http://www.microsoft.com/winlogo/hardware/

Implementation guidelines for drivers are defined in the Microsoft Windows DDK.

Note that the PC and Server Design Guides do not define the Windows Logo Program requirements; rather, these publications provides feature guidelines for system and component design.

Windows Logo Program Requirements

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WL-2. System memory provides a satisfactory user experience

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WL-4. All components and devices meet Windows compatibility and quality design guidelines

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WL-6. System and components support operating system configuration and control of devices

WL-7. System and peripherals implement ease-of-use guidelines for a good end-user experience

WL-8. Deleted

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WL-2. System memory provides a satisfactory user experience

Because objective benchmarks are not available, the intent of this requirement is to define a memory size that represents the baseline of acceptable Windows performance.

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