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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 384
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-67021-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67021-2

“The chapter on programming a KMDF hardware driver provides a great example for readers to see a driver being made.”

–Patrick Regan, network administrator, Pacific Coast Companies 

The First Authoritative Guide to Writing Robust, High-Performance Windows 7 Device Drivers


Windows 7 Device Driver brings together all the information experienced programmers need to build exceptionally reliable, high-performance Windows 7 drivers. Internationally renowned driver development expert Ronald D. Reeves shows how to make the most of Microsoft’s powerful new tools and models; save time and money; and efficiently deliver stable, robust drivers.

Drawing on his unsurpassed experience as both a driver developer and instructor, Reeves demystifies Kernel and User Mode Driver development, Windows Driver Foundation (WDF) architecture, driver debugging, and many other key topics. Throughout, he provides best practices for all facets of the driver development process, illuminating his insights with proven sample code. Learn how to

  • Use WDF to reduce development time, improve system stability, and enhance serviceability
  • Take full advantage of both the User Mode Driver Framework (UMDF) and the Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF)
  • Implement best practices for designing, developing, and debugging both User Mode and Kernel Mode Drivers
  • Manage I/O requests and queues, self-managed I/O, synchronization, locks, plug-and-play, power management, device enumeration, and more
  • Develop UMDF drivers with COM
  • Secure Kernel Mode Drivers with safe defaults, parameter validation, counted UNICODE strings, and safe device naming techniques
  • Program and troubleshoot WMI support in Kernel Mode Drivers
  • Utilize advanced multiple I/O queuing techniques

Whether you’re creating Windows 7 drivers for laboratory equipment, communications hardware, or any other device or technology, this book will help you build production code more quickly and get to market sooner!

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Table of Contents

Preface xv

About the Author xix


Introduction 1

Part I: Device Driver Architecture Overview 5

Chapter 1: Objects 7

1.1 Nature of an Object 7

1.2 What Is a Software Object? 8

1.3 Gaining an Understanding 10

1.4 Software Components 11

Chapter 2: Windows Driver Foundation (WDF) Architecture 13

2.1 WDF Component Functions 13

2.2 Design Goals for WDF 14

2.3 Device and Driver Support in WDF 15

2.4 WDF Driver Model 16

2.5 WDF Object Model 17

2.6 Plug and Play and Power Management Support 20

2.7 Integrated I/O Queuing and Cancellation 22

2.8 WMI Requests (Kernel Mode Drivers Only) 27

2.9 Driver Frameworks 28

2.10 Windows Kernel 32

2.11 Tools for Development and Testing 33

Part II: User Mode Drivers 39

Chapter 3: Windows 7 User Mode Drivers Overview and Operation 41

3.1 Devices Supported in User Mode 42

3.2 UMDF Model Overview 43

3.3 Driver Callback Interfaces 47

3.4 UMDF Driver Features 49

3.5 I/O Request Flow 51

3.6 I/O Queues 56

3.7 I/O Request Objects 60

3.8 Self-Managed I/O 67

3.9 Synchronization Issues 68

3.10 Locks 70

3.11 Plug and Play and Power Management Notification 70

3.12 Device Enumeration and Startup 71

3.13 Device Power-Down and Removal 72

3.14 Build, Test, and Debug 75

Chapter 4: Programming Drivers for the User Mode Driver Framework 79

4.1 Windows I/O Overview 79

4.2 Brief COM Information 81

4.3 UMDF Architecture 82

4.4 Required Driver Functionality 84

4.5 UMDF Sample Drivers 87

4.6 Driver Dynamic-Link Library and Exports 91

4.7 Functions for COM Support 95

4.8 Using the Skeleton Driver as a Basis for Development 106

Chapter 5: Using COM to Develop UMDF Drivers 111

5.1 Getting Started 111

5.2 Using UMDF COM Objects 116

5.3 Basic Infrastructure Implementation 120

Part III: Kernel Mode Drivers 127


Chapter 6: Windows 7 Kernel Mode Drivers Overview and Operations 129

6.1 KMDF Supported Devices 129

6.2 KMDF Components 131

6.3 KMDF Driver Structure 132

6.4 Comparing KMDF and WDM Drivers 132

6.5 Device Objects and Driver Roles 135

6.6 KMDF Object Model 139

6.7 KMDF I/O Model 147

Chapter 7: Plug and Play and Power Management 163

7.1 Plug and Play and Power Management Overview 163

7.2 Device Enumeration and Startup 164

7.3 WMI Request Handler 172

7.4 Synchronization Issues 173

7.5 Security 180

Chapter 8: Kernel Mode Installation and Build 183

8.1 WDK Build Tools 183

8.2 Build Environment 185

8.3 Building a Project 186

8.4 Building Featured Toaster 187

8.5 Installing a KMDF Driver 190 8.6 Catalog Files and Digital Signature 193

8.7 Installing Featured Toaster 194

8.8 Testing a KMDF Driver 196

8.9 Debugging Macros and Routines 203

8.10 WDF Debugger Extension Commands 204

8.11 Using WPP Tracing with a KMDF Driver 205

8.12 Using WinDbg with Featured Toaster 205

8.13 Versioning and Dynamic Binding 208

Chapter 9: Programming Drivers for the Kernel Mode Driver Framework 211

9.1 Differences Between KMDF and WDM Samples 216

9.2 Macros Used in KMDF Samples 218

9.3 KMDF Driver Structure and Concepts 219

9.4 A Minimal KMDF Driver: The Simple Toaster 224

9.5 Sample Software-Only Driver 235

Chapter 10: Programming Plug and Play and Power Management 243

10.1 Registering Callbacks 243

10.2 Managing Power Policy 248

10.3 Callbacks for Power-Up and Power-Down 250

10.4 Callback for Wake Signal Support 251

Chapter 11: Programming WMI Support 253

11.1 WMI Architecture 253

11.2 Registering as a WMI Data Provider 254

11.3 Handling WMI Requests 255

11.4 WMI Requirements for WDM Drivers 256

11.5 WMI Class Names and Base Classes 257

11.6 Firing WMI Events 260

11.7 Troubleshooting Specific WMI Problems 265

11.8 Techniques for Testing WMI Driver Support 268

11.9 WMI Event Tracing 269

Chapter 12: Programming KMDF Hardware Driver 273

12.1 Support Device Interrupts 274

12.2 Handling Interrupts 278

12.3 Mapping Resources283

Chapter 13: Programming Multiple I/O Queues and Programming I/O 291

13.1 Introduction to Programming I/O Queues 291

13.2 Creating and Configuring the Queues 293

13.3 Handling Requests from a Parallel Queue 298

13.4 Forwarding Requests to a Queue 302

13.5 Retrieving Requests from a Manual Queue. 303

13.6 Reading and Writing the Registry 308

13.7 Watchdog Timer: Self-Managed I/O. 312

Appendix: Driver Information Web Sites 323


Bibliography 331

Index 333


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