Vendor-Provided Device Installation Components

This topic describes device installation components that are provided by an IHV or OEM.

Driver Package
A driver package consists of all the software components that you must supply for your device to be supported under Windows. These components include the following:

Drivers
A driver allows the system to interact with the hardware device. Windows copies the driver's binary file (.sys) to the %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers directory when the device is installed. Drivers are required for most devices.

For more information, see Choosing a Driver Model.

For more information about drivers for Windows, see Getting Started with Windows Drivers.