NDIS calls a protocol driver's ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx function to request the driver to unbind from an underlying miniport adapter.

Note You must declare the function by using the PROTOCOL_UNBIND_ADAPTER_EX type. For more information, see the following Examples section.



NDIS_STATUS ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx(
  NDIS_HANDLE UnbindContext,
  NDIS_HANDLE ProtocolBindingContext



The handle that identifies the NDIS context area for this unbind operation.


A handle to a context area allocated by the protocol driver. The protocol driver maintains the per-binding context information in this context area. The driver supplied this handle to NDIS when the driver called the NdisOpenAdapterEx function.

Return Value

ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx returns one of the following status values:

Return code Description
ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx successfully unbound from an underlying miniport adapter.
ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx did not complete the unbind operation and the operation will be completed asynchronously. The protocol driver must call the NdisCompleteUnbindAdapterEx function after the unbind operation is complete.


ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx is a required function. As the reciprocal of the ProtocolBindAdapterEx function, NDIS calls ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx to release the resources that the driver allocated for network I/O operations that are specific to a binding. A protocol driver cannot fail an unbind operation.

Before calling ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx, NDIS pauses the protocol binding. To pause the binding, NDIS calls the ProtocolNetPnPEvent function and specifics a NetEventPause event.

ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx must call the NdisCloseAdapterEx function to close the binding to the underlying miniport adapter. If NdisCloseAdapterEx returns NDIS_STATUS_SUCCESS, the close operation is complete. If NdisCloseAdapterEx returns NDIS_STATUS_PENDING, NDIS calls the protocol driver's ProtocolCloseAdapterCompleteEx function after the close operation is complete.

Before calling NdisCloseAdapterEx, the protocol driver should clear the multicast address list and packet filters for the binding. The protocol driver sets the binding multicast address list to NULL, and the packet filter to zero. For more information, see OID_802_3_MULTICAST_LIST and OID_GEN_CURRENT_PACKET_FILTER.

If a wake-up pattern has been specified, the protocol driver should remove it with the OID_PNP_REMOVE_WAKE_UP_PATTERN OID and clear the receive side scaling parameters with the OID_GEN_RECEIVE_SCALE_PARAMETERS OID. An NDIS 6.20 and later protocol driver should remove a wake-on-LAN pattern with the OID_PM_REMOVE_WOL_PATTERN OID and remove a low-power protocol offload with the OID_PM_REMOVE_PROTOCOL_OFFLOAD OID.

ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx must not free the memory at ProtocolBindingContext until the close operation is complete. NDIS passes the handle at ProtocolBindingContext to ProtocolCloseAdapterCompleteEx.

If the protocol driver has completed the unbind operation, ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx can return NDIS_STATUS_SUCCESS. If NdisCloseAdapterEx returns NDIS_STATUS_PENDING, ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx must wait for NDIS to call ProtocolCloseAdapterCompleteEx before it can return NDIS_STATUS_SUCCESS.

ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx can return NDIS_STATUS_PENDING to defer the completion of the unbind operation to a later time. If ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx returns NDIS_STATUS_PENDING, the driver must eventually call the NdisCompleteUnbindAdapterEx function to complete the unbind operation. If the NdisCloseAdapterEx function returned NDIS_STATUS_PENDING, the driver can complete the unbind operation in ProtocolCloseAdapterCompleteEx. ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx can store the handle at UnbindContext in the context area at ProtocolBindingContext before it calls NdisCloseAdapterEx. If ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx stored the handle, ProtocolCloseAdapterCompleteEx can pass the handle to NdisCompleteUnbindAdapterEx to complete the unbind operation.

As soon as ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx calls NdisCloseAdapterEx, the handle obtained from the NdisOpenAdapterEx function at the NdisBindingHandle parameter becomes invalid. ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx cannot make any subsequent calls to NdisXxx functions with this handle. The driver can get receive and status indications from the underlying miniport adapter until the close operation is complete.

NDIS calls ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx at IRQL = PASSIVE_LEVEL.

Updating Power Management and RSS Settings

NDIS 6.0 and 6.1 protocol drivers should perform the following operations where applicable:

  1. Remove power management wake on LAN (WOL) patterns from the miniport adapter with the OID_PNP_REMOVE_WAKE_UP_PATTERN OID.

  2. Clear the receive side scaling parameters with the OID_GEN_RECEIVE_SCALE_PARAMETERS OID.

NDIS 6.20 and later protocol drivers should perform the following operations:

  1. Remove power management WOL patterns from the miniport adapter with the OID_PM_REMOVE_WOL_PATTERN OID.

  2. Remove power management protocol offloads from the miniport adapter with the OID_PM_REMOVE_PROTOCOL_OFFLOAD OID.


To define a ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx function, you must first provide a function declaration that identifies the type of function you're defining. Windows provides a set of function types for drivers. Declaring a function using the function types helps Code Analysis for Drivers, Static Driver Verifier (SDV), and other verification tools find errors, and it's a requirement for writing drivers for the Windows operating system.

For example, to define a ProtocolUnbindAdapterEx function that is named "MyUnbindAdapterEx", use the PROTOCOL_UNBIND_ADAPTER_EX type as shown in this code example:


Then, implement your function as follows:

    NDIS_HANDLE  UnbindContext,
    NDIS_HANDLE  ProtocolBindingContext

The PROTOCOL_UNBIND_ADAPTER_EX function type is defined in the Ndis.h header file. To more accurately identify errors when you run the code analysis tools, be sure to add the Use_decl_annotations annotation to your function definition. The Use_decl_annotations annotation ensures that the annotations that are applied to the PROTOCOL_UNBIND_ADAPTER_EX function type in the header file are used. For more information about the requirements for function declarations, see Declaring Functions by Using Function Role Types for NDIS Drivers.

For information about Use_decl_annotations, see Annotating Function Behavior.


Windows version Supported for NDIS 6.0 and later. Supported for NDIS 6.0 and later.
Target Platform Windows
Header ndis.h (include Ndis.h)

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