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Old 01-17-2005, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Kernel-Mode Driver??

Hi folks,

Can anyone explain what a kernel-mode driver is?? Or site an example or brief what it is used for??

Any links or ideas regarding this is highly appreciable.


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from Introduction to the Windows Driver Foundation

The current driver models require that most drivers run in kernel mode

Most drivers that use the WDM and miniport driver models must run in kernel mode. Kernel-mode drivers are treated as part of the operating system and have access to the system virtual address space. Consequently, errors in kernel-mode drivers can cause the system to crash.
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