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Installing a Minifilter Driver

Last Updated: 7/30/2016

For Microsoft Windows XP and later operating systems, you should install your minifilter driver by using an INF file and an installation application. (On Windows 2000 and earlier operating systems, minifilter drivers were commonly installed by the Service Control Manager.)

In the future, INF-based installation is expected meet Windows Hardware Certification Kit requirements for minifilter drivers. Note that "INF-based installation" means only that you will need to use an INF file to copy files and to store information in the registry. You will not be required to install your entire product by using only an INF file, and you will not be required to provide a "right-click install" option for your driver.

This section includes:

Creating an INF File for a Minifilter Driver

Load Order Groups and Altitudes for Minifilter Drivers

Allocated Altitudes

Minifilter Altitude Request

Reparse Point Tag Request


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