KeCancelTimer routine

The KeCancelTimer routine dequeues a timer object before the timer interval, if any was set, expires.


BOOLEAN KeCancelTimer(
  _Inout_ PKTIMER Timer


Timer [in, out]

Pointer to an initialized timer object, for which the caller provides the storage.

Return value

If the specified timer object is in the system timer queue, KeCancelTimer returns TRUE.


If the timer object is currently in the system timer queue, it is removed from the queue. If a DPC object is associated with the timer, it too is canceled. Otherwise, no operation is performed.

The routine returns TRUE if the timer is still in the timer queue. A nonperiodic timer is removed from the system queue as soon as it expires. Thus, for nonperiodic timers, KeCancelTimer returns FALSE if the timer DPC has been queued. Periodic timers are always in the timer queue, so KeCancelTimer always returns TRUE for periodic timers.

Note that a DPC that is already running runs to completion. The driver must ensure that the DPC has completed before freeing any resources used by the DPC. For a nonperiodic timer, you can use synchronization primitives, such as event objects, to synchronize between the driver and the DPC. The driver can check the return code of KeCancelTimer to determine if the DPC is running. If so, the DPC can signal the event before exiting, and the driver can wait for that event to be reset to the not-signaled state.

Since for periodic timers KeCancelTimer always returns TRUE, drivers must use a different technique to wait until the DPC has completed. Use the KeFlushQueuedDpcs routine to block until the DPC executes.

Drivers do not need to synchronize for data stored in global variables or driver object extensions. The system automatically calls KeFlushQueuedDpcs before deallocating either of these regions.

For more information about timer objects, see Timer Objects and DPCs.


Target platform



Available starting with Windows 2000.


Wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, or Ntifs.h)







DDI compliance rules

IrqlKeDispatchLte, HwStorPortProhibitedDDIs

See also




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