A driver package can install device metadata packages by copying them to the device metadata store. This is accomplished by using INF CopyFiles directives within the DestinationDirs and DDInstall sections of the INF file for the driver package.
Note We highly recommend that you install device metadata packages from the WMIS server instead of through driver packages. For more information, see Installing Device Metadata Packages from WMIS.
To install device metadata packages through a driver package, you must follow these guidelines:
If your driver package is used to install devices on versions of Windows earlier than Windows 7, you must use a separate INF DDInstall section that contains your metadata-related INF directives. You must specify this section name in the INF Models section by using a TargetOSversion decoration that specifies an OSMajorVersion and OSMinorVersion value for Windows 7 or later versions of Windows.
Note If you do not use a separate INF DDInstall section that is decorated for Windows 7 or later versions of Windows, the installation of your digitally signed driver package will result in a signature alert when installed on versions of Windows earlier than Windows 7.
For more information, see [Combining Platform Extensions with Operating System Versions](combining-platform-extensions-with-operating-system-versions.md).
All metadata packages in the driver package must be copied to the correct locale-specific folder in the device metadata store. This is needed in order to support dynamic changes to locale.
The COPYFLG_NODECOMP flag (0x00000800) is required in the INF CopyFiles directives that specify the device metadata packages. This flag guarantees that the binary integrity of the device metadata package is retained and avoids a decompression of the device metadata package when the driver package is installed.
You must first digitally sign the device metadata package before you digitally sign the driver package. For more information about digital signing, see Driver Signing.
Any failure during the installation of the metadata package installation causes the driver installation to fail.
The following example shows how to copy device metadata packages to locale-specific directory paths by using an INF file for the device metadata store within the DestinationDirs Section and DDInstall INF sections:
[SourceDisksNames] 1 = %Media_Description%,,,\MetadataPackage ; [SourceDisksFiles.NTx86] GUID1.devicemetadata-ms= 1,, ;A metadata package file for EN-US GUID2.devicemetadata-ms= 1,, ;A metadata package file for AR-SA GUID3.devicemetadata-ms= 1,, ;A metadata package file for JA-JP [DestinationDirs] COPYMETADATA_EN-US = 24, \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore\EN-US ; COPYMETADATA_AR-SA = 24, \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore\AR-SA ; COPYMETADATA_JA-JP = 24, \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore\JA-JP ; . . . [DeviceInstall.ntx86] CopyFiles=COPYMETADATA_EN-US CopyFiles=COPYMETADATA_AR-SA CopyFiles=COPYMETADATA_JA-JP [COPYMETADATA_EN-US] GUID1.devicemetadata-ms,,,0x00000800 ;COPYFLG_NODECOMP [COPYMETADATA_AR-SA] GUID2.devicemetadata-ms,,,0x00000800 ;COPYFLG_NODECOMP [COPYMETADATA_JA-JP] GUID3.devicemetadata-ms,,,0x00000800 ;COPYFLG_NODECOMP