INF Syntax Test

This automated test checks the syntax in INF files for printer and scanner device drivers. The INFGate tool runs this test.

Test details

Associated requirements

Device.Imaging.Printer.Base.configurationFiles Device.Imaging.Printer.Base.DriverCategory Device.Imaging.Printer.Base.infFile

See the device hardware requirements.


Windows 7 (x64) Windows 7 (x86) Windows 8 (x64) Windows 8 (x86) Windows Server 2012 (x64) Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64) Windows 8.1 x64 Windows 8.1 x86 Windows Server 2012 R2

Expected run time

~2 minutes


Certification Functional




Running the test

Before you run the test, complete the test setup as described in the test requirements: Printer Testing Prerequisites.

In addition, if the device is using an in-box driver, you’ll need to specify "/MS" for the "Inbox" parameter.


For troubleshooting information, see Troubleshooting Device.Imaging Testing.

More information

INFGate is the tool that checks syntax, format, and validity for both printing and imaging INF files. You can run the tool on an installed printer or on a stand-alone INF file. If you select an installed printer, the tool looks for an INF file for the specified printer, and then runs.

Creating valid INFs for virtual printers

Virtual printers must specify a null hardware ID. To specify a null hardware ID, in the models-section-name of the device's INF file, add a second comma between the install-section-name and the compatible-id.





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