Specifying the Driver Package Display Name

The DriverPackageDisplayName entry in an INF Version section describes the purpose of the driver package to end-users. A DriverPackageDisplayName entry has the following format:


As described in Identifying a Driver Package, the DIFx tools identify a driver package by using the value of the Provider, DriverPackageDisplayName, and DriverVer entries. The DIFx tools display this information about a driver package in the following ways:

  • On wizard pages that the DIFx tools and Windows generate during an installation.

  • On the entry that represents a driver package that the DIFx tools add to Programs and Features in Control Panel.

Note  In versions of Windows earlier than Windows Vista, the DIFx tools added the driver package to Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel .

Use the package display name (that is, the value of the DriverPackageDisplayName entry) to clearly identify the driver package. Do not include the name of the provider or the version, because this information is already provided by the Provider and DriverVer entries. However, the package display name might also identify the device setup class. DriverPackageDisplayName must describe the entire driver package, so if the package contains more than one driver, the entry must appropriately identify all the drivers.

If a DriverPackageDisplayName entry is not present, the DIFx tools use the service name to identify a driver package.

The following names are examples of appropriate driver package display names. These names describe the driver package and do not include redundant information about the provider name or package version:

  • Display Adapters Generation T5 Drivers

  • Wheel Mouse Drivers

  • Webcam X2 Camera Drivers

  • Memory Controller Drivers

The following name is an example of an inappropriate driver package display name. This name does not describe the specific driver package and includes the provider name.

  • Fabrikam, Inc. Graphics Adapter Card



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