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Hi, I am trying to get my hands on a copy of the DDK for windows. It looks like either you have to be a MSDN Subscriber, or you can order a "free CD" and they will ship it to you. Unfortunatly, shipping is $20. I can probably get it from my University as they are an MSDN member (MSDNAA), but they take forever to do anything. Does anyone know where I can download the DDK without being an MSDN member or ordering their "Free CD"? -Greg

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Does anyone even know what the DDK is? I was pointed in that direction, but I am not even sure what it comes with or why I need it. I am a real beginner when it comes to writing hardware drivers. Are there alternatives to the DDK? Any help would be greatly appreciated, even if it is just to say "pay the $20 bucks for the CD".

Thanks,
-Greg

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I'm not sure if MSDNAA includes the DDK.
Pay the $20. It's your only real choice - you can't download it anywhere. Given everything that comes on the CD, is it really that expensive?

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There used to be a link on there to download, it should be off on the right hand side somewhere (I think). I downloaded it about a year ago, and the link should still be there.

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I also felt like trying it out at one time, but it seems that it can't be downloaded from anywhere. Unless you can find someone you know who can give you a copy of it, you might as well just order the CD. Otherwise, maybe you could find a Microsoft office and ask for the kit there, so it won't have to be shipped.

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Hey im just curios as to where on msn you can obtain the ddk for $20 shipping?
as im also in need of it and can only find this one Windows DDK Suite 3
Cost : $199.95 USD.

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cheers.

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Which OS do you want to write a driver for? There are different tools for each Windows OS. The 9x stuff is very different from the NT stuff, and NT3 & NT4 are different from w2k & XP. (And the 2003 server & Longhorn stuff is probably different too).

You need not only the correct DDK, but the correct assembler and/or compiler too!

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[ Despite the fact that it's free, the DDK is illegal to redistribute. Sorry. --Sneftel ]

[Edited by - Sneftel on March 12, 2005 12:44:55 AM]

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Quote:
Original post by Greg K
Does anyone even know what the DDK is?


For the record, DDK stands for "Driver Development Kit". It includes a set of header files for driver development, a smattering of development tools, documentation for various kernel routines and sample code for various types of drivers.

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The DDK, unfortunately, is illegal to redistribute, despite the fact that it's available for free.

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