Initial release1992; 32 years ago (1992)
Stable release
6.1.7716.0 / May 14, 2010; 14 years ago (2010-05-14)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeFile comparison tool
LicenseProprietary commercial software

WinDiff is a graphical file comparison program published by Microsoft, distributed with Microsoft Windows Support Tools,[1][2] certain versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, and as source-code with the Platform SDK code samples. WinDiff was included in the Windows SDK (previously known as the Resource Kit, later Platform SDK) since 1992[3] until Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (a.k.a. Windows SDK 7.1). Because portions of the Windows SDK were shipped in Visual Studio, WinDiff was also included in Visual Studio until Visual Studio 2010. WinDiff was removed from the Windows 8 SDK and therefore is not included in Visual Studio 2012 or any later version.[4] A number of unofficial standalone uploads of the program remain available.


Signing Date File Version SHA-256 of the 64-bit exe Source
2008-01-16 6.0.6001.17131 a7687e7be3c515337bddb5cf92b7e04830389be5dc589e0b78cdda1e9bc91ac1 Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 (link is broken, download not available)
2010-03-19 6.1.7600.16385 436e714aa0eeee953329d5774b3ed24f0eee121e2ea9a6fae19847cfb58635fe Visual Studio 2010 (?)
2010-05-14 6.1.7716.0 deded18de43c248df3a80713bf010030285aea6a38a39e0ce5edfe3e9ed788b3 Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

See also


  1. ^ "How to Use the Windiff.exe Utility". Microsoft.
  2. ^ Tim O'Reilly; Troy Mott; Walter J. Glenn (1999). Windows 98 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. O'Reilly Media, Inc. pp. 425–427. ISBN 156592486X.
  3. ^ Brad Hines (1992-10-22). "Details of SDK beta release".
  4. ^ Ramel, David (November 16, 2022). "Windows App SDK 1.2 Lets Devs Create Third-Party Windows 11 Widgets". Visual Studio Magazine. Retrieved 2023-04-16.