Top 4 New Features in Debugging Tools for Windows 8.1

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

To reduce the number of bugs in their apps, Windows 8 developers have at their disposal the Windows 8.1 debugging tools package. Here’s what’s new in the latest version
new debugging tools windows 8.1
Earlier we were talking about how you can download the updated Debugging Tools utility for Windows 8.1. Now it’s time to talk about some of the new features that this software utensil comes with. Windows 8 developer understand how important the Debugging Tools suite is to have a clean app, so they will be interested to find out what has been made new in the latest version.

We’ve managed to find four important new features, but if you know some more, let us know and we’ll gladly update the article. For now, here’s what’s new in the Debugging Tools utility for Windows 8.1.

GPIO Extensions

The General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) extension commands display the software state of GPIO controllers. These commands display information from data structures maintained by the GPIO framework extension driver (Msgpioclx.sys). For information about the GPIO framework extension, see General-Purpose I/O (GPIO) Drivers.

HID Extensions

The HID debugger extension commands are implemented in Hidkd.dll. To load the HID commands, enter .load hidkd.dll in the debugger. Getting started with the HID extensions To start debugging a HID issue, enter the !hidtree command. The !hidtree command displays a list of commands and addresses that you can use to investigate device objects, preparsed HID data, and HID report descriptors.

Kernel-Mode Driver Framework extension commands improvements

Most of the Kernel-Mode Driver Framework extension commands now work with UMDF 2 as well as KMDF. Some commands (for example !wdfkd.wdfumdevstacks) that specifically support UMDF 2 have been added to this set.

Paging file improvements

Paging file can now be included in a CAB file along with a memory dump file. See CAB Files that Contain Paging Files Along with a Memory Dump

As a Windows 8 developer, can you confirm that these changes make it easier to develop apps for Windows 8.1? Let us know about your experience by leaving your comment below.

For various PC problems, we recommend this tool.

This software will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Fix PC issues now in 3 easy steps:

  1. Download this PC Repair Tool rated "Excellent" on
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues with Patended Technologies (requires upgrade).


Next up

Best Windows 10 antivirus software to use in 2018

By: Radu Tyrsina
7 minute read

Update – 2018 will soon come to an end and we already have a guide on what is the best antivirus you should get in […]

Continue Reading

These features are out for good with Windows 10 version 1809' By: Sovan Mandal
2 minute read

Microsoft is all set to launch its next big update, Windows 10 version 1809 in October. While that should be a nice piece of news […]

Continue Reading

Windows 10 18H2 builds no longer receive new features

By: Matthew Adams
3 minute read

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (otherwise 18H2) rollout might now be two to three weeks away. For the last few months, new build previews […]

Continue Reading