PoStartNextPowerIrp function (ntifs.h)

The PoStartNextPowerIrp routine signals the power manager that the driver is ready to handle the next power IRP. (Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 only.)


void PoStartNextPowerIrp(
  [in, out] PIRP Irp


[in, out] Irp

A pointer to an IRP in which the major function code is IRP_MJ_POWER.

Return value



Starting with Windows Vista, the driver is not required to call PoStartNextPowerIrp and a call to this routine does not perform a power management operation. However, on Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, PoStartNextPowerIrp must be called by every driver in a device stack after the driver is finished with the previous power IRP, if any, and is ready to handle the next power IRP. It must be called once by each driver for every IRP_MN_QUERY_POWER or IRP_MN_SET_POWER request.

Although power IRPs are completed only once, typically by the bus driver for a device, each driver in the device stack must call PoStartNextPowerIrp as the IRP travels down or back up the stack. Even if a driver fails the IRP, the driver must nevertheless call PoStartNextPowerIrp to signal the power manager that it is ready to handle another power IRP.

The driver must call PoStartNextPowerIrp while the current IRP stack location points to the current driver. Therefore, this routine must be called before IoCompleteRequest, IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation, and PoCallDriver. As a general rule, a driver should call PoStartNextPowerIrp from its IoCompletion routine associated with the IRP or from the callback routine it passed to PoRequestPowerIrp.

Bus drivers must call PoStartNextPowerIrp before completing each IRP.


Minimum supported client Available starting with Windows 2000.
Target Platform Universal
Header ntifs.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe

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