Windows Hardware Compatibility Program Certification Process

The Windows Hardware Compatibility Program lets you show customers that your hardware is reliably compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11. The program contains tools and processes that determine whether your hardware meets Windows 10 and Windows 11 quality standards.

Step 1: Review Hardware Requirements

Building a great Windows device starts with understanding the hardware requirements.

Step 2: Register on Hardware Dashboard

Before you start testing for Windows compatibility, you should register with the hardware dashboard. Later, you’ll use the dashboard to submit your hardware for the Hardware Compatibility Program.

Step 3: Install the Windows Hardware Lab Kit

Get ready to test your Windows hardware by installing the Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) and configuring your test environment. The tests that are included in the Windows HLK help you validate compatibility with Windows 10 & Windows 11 and get your hardware listed on the certified product list. The HLK Getting Started Guide provides instructions on how to build a test environment, automate driver and system testing, and create the submission package required to participate in the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program.

Step 4: Submit Results

After testing your hardware and packaging the results with the HLK, you can submit the results to the hardware dashboard to qualify for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program.

Step 5: Manage and Update

After you submit your test results, you can monitor and manage your submission in the dashboard.


The dashboard also provides additional services, including:

The Windows Hardware Lab Kit User's Guide also provides the following guidance on interpreting test failures and bug submission: