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Chapter 1 - Introduction to Windows Logo Program for Hardware

Welcome to the Microsoft Windows Logo Program System and Device Requirements, Version 2.1. This document provides the authoritative source for information about requirements for the Windows Logo Program for hardware that must be met by hardware vendors and system manufacturers who want to license the Windows Logo. Note, however, that these Logo Program requirements do not represent the minimum system requirements for running any version of the Windows family of operating systems.

This document describes the scope and purpose of the Microsoft Windows Logo Program, and it tells how to obtain the Windows Logo for server, desktop, and mobile systems and components that run the Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Server 2003 family operating systems.

This document is revised for each new version of the Windows operating systems. To receive update information about the Windows Logo Program for hardware by e-mail, subscribe to the mail list as described at http://www.microsoft.com/winlogo/hardware/.

In This Document …



Chapter 1, Introduction to Windows Logo Program for Hardware

Presents a summary of the Windows Logo Program and resources.

Chapter 2, Hardware Requirements for Windows Logo

Describes requirements for consistent, stable functionality under Windows operating systems.

Chapter 3, Recommendations and Future Requirements

Presents specific design practices that Microsoft encourages, and highlights important design practices that will become Windows Logo Program requirements in the future.

Chapter 4, Getting the Windows Logo for Hardware

Describes the process of preparing for and submitting hardware for Windows Logo Program compliance testing.

Appendix A, System Requirements Checklist

Provides a checklist of requirements for desktop, mobile, and server systems, and for legacy-free and 64-bit systems.

Appendix B, Device Requirements Checklist

Provides a checklist of requirements per device class.

About the Microsoft Windows Logo

Microsoft offers the Windows Logo Program to help customers identify systems and peripherals that meet a baseline definition of platform features and quality goals that ensure a good Windows experience for the end user. The Windows Logo is not intended to communicate the specific technical capabilities of any particular system.

Products that earn the Windows Logo have been tested to ensure that they meet Microsoft standards for compatibility on the Windows operating systems designated on the logo. System and peripheral manufacturers can license the Windows Logo for use on product packaging, advertising, collateral, and other marketing materials for all systems and components that pass compliance testing.

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