Now that Windows 7 RC builds are live, you may want to know “what do I need to download and install to get going with driver or application development on Windows 7”?


Well, I’ll do my best to outline that here!


Essential: Download and install Windows 7 RC

The public download for Windows 7 RC builds is located here:


For application developers: Download and install the Windows 7 RC SDK






For driver developers: Download and install the Windows 7 RC WDK

Main page for WDK:

Download details and requirements:
Download the WDK for Windows 7 RC: The Windows 7 RC WDK (v.7.0.0) is available through the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program and through MSDN Subscriber Downloads. It is also available to developers who are participants in the WDK beta program. If you want to participate in the WDK beta program, send an e-mail to You will receive an e-mail in return that contains instructions about how to sign up for the appropriate program on Microsoft Connect.

 There you go!