Vendor-Provided Device Installation Components
This topic describes device installation components that are provided by an IHV or OEM.
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:
The driver for the device.
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.