2011 年12月20日，微软发布Windows 8硬件认证需求,原文如下：
The Windows Hardware Certification team is pleased to share the Windows 8 hardware certification requirements for systems, devices, and filter drivers. This is an important milestone in the evolution of a simpler-to-use Windows Hardware Certification Kit.
If you are planning to create hardware products for Windows 8, start using the requirements now to help ensure your products and drivers take full advantage of all that Windows 8 has to offer. Although you cannot yet submit your products for Windows 8 certification, your product will be better prepared for submission if you design and build with Windows 8 requirements in mind.