Installing a File System Filter Driver

For Microsoft Windows XP and later operating systems, you should install your file system filter drivers by using an INF file and an installation application. (On Windows 2000 and earlier operating systems, filter drivers were commonly installed by the Service Control Manager.)

In the future, INF-based installation is expected to meet Windows Hardware Certification Kit requirements for file system filter drivers. Note that "INF-based installation" means only that you will need to use an INF file to copy files and to store information in the registry. You will not be required to install your entire product by using only an INF file, and you will not be required to provide a "right-click install" option for your driver.

This section includes:

Creating an INF File for a File System Filter Driver

Load Order Groups for File System Filter Drivers

File System Filter Driver Classes and Class GUIDs

Using an INF File to Install a File System Filter Driver

Using an INF File to Uninstall a File System Filter Driver