The Windows Dev Center hardware dashboard site has been updated so that partners are no longer required to enter the system certification BIOS or processor information when submitting system packages. Before the update, partners had to provide this data manually, which could slow down the process and introduce errors. This information is now pulled directly from the Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) client machine gatherer.

Here are the main reasons we’ve made this change:

  • To reduce human errors in providing this information.
  • To help create an accurate set of information in the product catalogs.
  • To help streamline the submission process.
  • To reduce the need to update the Dashboard site processor list on a regular basis.

The Windows Server Catalog and Certified Products List still contains the information needed by support organizations and end users to determine whether a system is certified and supportable.