NetworkProvider and PrintProvider Sections in a Network INF File
NetClient components are considered to be network providers because they provide network services to user applications. The Microsoft Client for Networks and the NetWare Client are examples of NetClient components.
NoteNetClient components are deprecated in Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and later.
In addition to being a network provider, a NetClient component can also be a print provider. A print provider provides print services to user applications over a network.
A NetClient component is always installed as a network provider. An INF file that installs a NetClient component does not require a NetworkProvider section for that component unless at least one of the following is true:
An alternative device name is specified for the component.
A short name for the component is specified for use with the net view command. For more information, see Including a NetworkProvider Section.
An INF that installs a NetClient component that is a print provider must contain a PrintProvider section for that component. For more information, see Including a PrintProvider Section.
An INF file that installs a NetClient component must also contain an add-registry-section (referenced by a AddReg directive in the service-install-section for a component) that adds a NetworkProvider key to the component's service key. For more information, see Specifying the Name and Provider Path for a NetClient Component.