INF Files

Windows uses setup information (INF) files to install the following components for a device:

  • One or more drivers that support the device.

  • Device-specific configuration or settings to bring the device online.

You can use an INX file to automatically create an INF file. An INX file is an INF file that contains string variables that represent version information. The Build utility and the Stampinf tool replace the string variables in INX files with text strings that represent a specific hardware architecture or framework version. For more information about INX files, see Using INX Files to Create INF Files.

This section includes the following topics

Overview of INF Files

Accessing INF Files from a Device Installation Application

Providing Vendor Icons for the Shell and AutoPlay



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