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How to Specify an Icon, Label, or Device Handler for a Device Using a Device Group

Device groups allow the specification of the Icons, Label, or DeviceHandlers properties for any device that declares itself part of that group. If the device group is not a system-provided device group, a key that defines the device group will be added under the AutoplayHandlers\DeviceGroups key. You do not need to set all three properties for each group; you can set only those properties that you want to customize. However, devices and device handlers should always have associated icons and labels to meet minimum usability requirements.


The following example uses a system with several attached Zip drives. Without specifying the Icons, Label, and DeviceHandlers values for each drive individually, you create a device group called ZipDrive and define those values within it. Each Zip drive is then declared a member of the ZipDrive group.

First, define the device group by adding the following ZipDrive key and its values.

                           Icons [REG_MULTI_SZ] = %SystemRoot%\system32\mydll.dll,-103
                           NoMediaIcons [REG_MULTI_SZ] = %SystemRoot%\system32\mydll.dll,-104
                           Label [REG_SZ] = My Custom Device Label
                           DeviceHandlers [REG_SZ] = MyDeviceHandler

Each Zip drive device is then declared as part of the ZipDrive group, inheriting the properties of that group. Under the DeviceParameters key of the device instance, add a value named DeviceGroup as type REG_SZ. The data entry for this value is the name of the device group.

                     Device Parameters
                        DeviceGroup [REG_SZ] = ZipDrive

You can also add custom device properties other than Icons, Label, and DeviceHandlers under the device group's key and then apply them to all devices that belong to that device group.

Note  Properties that are defined at the device instance level take precedence over properties defined at the device group level, which in turn take precedence over properties defined at the device class level.