Display Drivers (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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The display device driver interface (DDI) is a subset of the Microsoft® Windows NT® DDI. The Microsoft Windows® CE operating system (OS) uses only the basic graphics engine functions and driver functions from the Windows NT display DDI.

Windows CE-based display drivers differ from Windows NT-based display drivers in the following ways:

  • Because Windows CE–based display drivers have consistent functionality, the graphics device interface (GDI) does not query a driver for information about its capabilities.
  • Windows CE–based display drivers cannot reject an operation as too complex and then call back into GDI to have the operation broken into simpler primitives. Because all Windows CE–based display drivers support the same functionality, the GDI separates complex operations before calling the display driver.
  • Windows CE–based display drivers are compiled as user-mode dynamic-link libraries (DLLs).

Windows CE-based and Windows NT-based display drivers are implemented similarly. For more information, see the Microsoft Windows 2000 Driver Development Kit (DDK).

In This Section

Display Driver Development Concepts
Explains the basic development concepts for display drivers.
Display Driver How-to Topics
Provides links to display driver how-to documentation.
Display Driver Registry Settings
Provides the default registry settings for display drivers.
Display Driver Security
Provides security information regarding display drivers and best practices for implementation.
Display Driver Migration
Provides migration information for moving a display driver from one version of the OS to another.
Display Driver Samples
Provides the location for display driver samples.
Display Driver Reference
Provides reference information for the display driver functions, methods, and any associated structures.

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Power Management
Describes the power management capabilities provided by the Windows CE OS.

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