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Device Drivers

Finding the right drivers for new or legacy hardware can be a real pain. Microsoft is trying to change that by phasing out the old Windows 9x architecture (including Win98 and WinME) and unifying the Windows code based around Windows 2000. Soon all hardware vendors will be writing one driver for the entire Microsoft platform.
Manufacturers Support and Device Driver Pages
Hardware Compatibility Lists
Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List  
Make sure your new Hardware has been tested and certified compatible with Windows NT and Windows 2000 before you buy. 

Microsoft's Driver and Hardware Development Home Page
A resource for developers that provides Hardware Development Kits, Hardware testing information, whitepapers, and information on the new Windows 2000 Driver Initiative.

Related Articles
Drivers Ed: The beginner's Guide to Drivers
A great article for those new to computing. Source: CNET

Getting Started with Device Drivers
Links, book recommendations and the Windows NT and Windows 2000 Device Driver Kits (DDK) for developers. Source: Microsoft.com

How to Use Driver Verifier to Troubleshoot Device Drivers in Windows 2000 and Windows XP Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244617 - Driver Verifier is included in Windows 2000 and Windows XP to promote stability and reliability, and you can use this tool to troubleshoot driver issues. In Windows 2000 or Windows XP, kernel-mode components can cause system corruption or system failures as a result of an improperly written driver, such as an earlier version of a Windows Driver Model (WDM) driver. This article describes how to use Driver Verifier to isolate and troubleshoot a driver in the system. 

Windows NT Device Drivers 
They're boring and invisible, but it pays to know about device drivers and how to manage them By Paul Taylor Source: Windows NT Systems Magazine (Oct 1998)

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