How to Check Windows Display Driver Model Version for WDDM Support in Windows


Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) is the graphic driver architecture for video card drivers running Microsoft Windows versions beginning with Windows Vista.

It is a replacement for the previous Windows 2000 and Windows XP display driver model XDDM/XPDM and is aimed at enabling better performance graphics and new graphics functionality and stability. Display drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7 can choose to either adhere to WDDM or to XDDM. With the removal of XDDM from Windows 8, however, WDDM became the only option.

WDDM provides the functionality required to render the desktop and applications using Desktop Window Manager, a compositing window manager running on top of Direct3D. It also supports new DXGI interfaces required for basic device management and creation. The WDDM specification requires at least Direct3D 9-capable video card and the display driver must implement the device driver interfaces for the Direct3D 9Ex runtime in order to run legacy Direct3D applications; it may optionally implement runtime interfaces for Direct3D 10 and higher.

WDDM versions for quick reference.

Operating System Supported WDDM Version
Windows Vista WDDM 1.0
Windows 7 WDDM 1.1
Windows 8 WDDM 1.2
Windows 8.1 WDDM 1.3
Windows 10 build 10240 WDDM 2.0
Windows 10 version 1607 WDDM 2.2
Windows 10 version 1709 WDDM 2.3
Windows 10 version 1803 WDDM 2.4
Windows 10 version 1809 WDDM 2.5
Windows 10 version 1903 WDDM 2.6

For more details about WDDM, see also:

This tutorial will show you how to check what Windows Display Driver Model version you have for WDDM support in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.



Here's How:

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type dxdiag into Run, and click/tap on OK to open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

2. In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, click/tap on a Display tab you want to check. (see screenshots below)

3. In the Drivers section, the WDDM version (ex: "WDDM 2.6") will be to the right of Driver Model.

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That's it,
Shawn