Tracing and Diagnosability for WDF Drivers

Last updated:

  • October 19, 2008

Applies to:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000

This paper discusses how to implement event tracing using the Windows software trace preprocessor (WPP) in a Windows Driver Foundation (WDF) driver.

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Software tracing for drivers is usually based on Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), a kernel-level facility that logs trace messages for both kernel-mode and user-mode processes. Because ETW can be somewhat complicated to use, most driver developers use the Windows software trace preprocessor (WPP), which simplifies and enhances the process of instrumenting a driver for ETW tracing.

In this white paper:

  • WPP software tracing basics
  • Trace message functions and macros
  • Supporting software tracing in a driver
  • Tools for software tracing
  • How to run a software trace session

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