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Windows 98 Core Components

Last Updated: 8/19/2016

On MIcrosoft Windows 98, the still image core components are as shown in the following figure.

diagram illustrating the windows 98 core components

On the server side, three core components communicate with sti.dll: stimon.exe, sti_ci.dll, and sticpl.cpl. These components are, respectively, the still image event monitor, the class installer, and the Scanners and Cameras Control Panel application. Sti_ci.dll is invoked only when a new still image device is installed or removed, and sticpl.cpl is invoked only to do configuration chores.

Stimon.exe processes events and communicates with sti.dll, which in turn communicates with one or more user-mode still image drivers (USDs), which are labeled USD1, USD2, and USD3 on the left side of this figure. Each of the user-mode drivers communicates with one type of kernel-mode driver, depending on the device's bus connection. For a USB device, the user-mode still image driver communicates with usbscn9x.sys for composite usb devices and usbscan.sys for noncomposite usb devices; for a SCSI device, the user-mode driver communicates with both scsiscan.sys and scsimap.sys.

On the client application side, an IHV must supply a TWAIN data source, which is shown in the preceding figure as vendor.ds, a generic name for this component. The TWAIN data source is a component of the TWAIN Scanning architecture, and communicates with an instance of sti.dll on the client side. In turn, sti.dll communicates with a user-mode still image driver (USD1 in the figure), which communicates with one of the kernel-mode drivers discussed earlier.

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