Best Practices for Installing and Using Printer Drivers With Windows
2000 Terminal Services
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 331055 - This article describes
best practices for installing and using printer drivers with Windows
2000 Terminal Services. In Windows 2000 and later, the architecture
of printer drivers was changed to unify the interface and add
reliability to the server.
Differences Between a Service and a Device Driver
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 101501 - In Windows NT and Windows 2000, a service and a device driver have different functions. A service is a user-mode process that implements the Service Controller Specification. A device driver is a portion of kernel-mode code that implements
How to Add OEM Plug and Play Drivers to Windows 2000 Installations
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254078 - This article describes the steps required to add Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-supplied drivers to Windows 2000 installations. This article only includes drivers that are normally installed during graphical user interface (GUI)-mode.
How to Find Pool Tags That Are Used By Third-Party Drivers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 298102
- This article describes how to find the source of a pool tag that is used by a third-party driver. This may be useful because when you troubleshoot an issue, you may encounter a pool tag that cannot be tied to a Microsoft
HOW TO: Force Windows to Use Standard VGA Compatible Driver
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 268852 - When you install Windows on a computer that is using an unsupported video adapter, Windows Setup installs a standard VGA mode driver. However, after you install Windows, you may be able to obtain and install a Windows-compatible driver for
your video adapter from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
HOW TO: Remove .inf Files from the System
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 813449 - This article lists the
steps and some tips to help the OEM driver developer write an
"uninstall" package that safely removes .inf files from the
system. You have to have administrative credentials to complete
Identify the Chipsets for Windows 2000 Drivers That Support Direct3D Hardware Acceleration
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254329 - This article lists the chipsets for the Microsoft Windows 2000 drivers that support Direct3D hardware acceleration.
How to install Third Party Network Adapter Drivers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 170995 - Describes how to install, configure, and troubleshoot third- party OEM network adapter drivers.
How to Remove
Windows NT 4.0 Joystick Drivers from Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Q229651 - This article describes
how to remove the joystick drivers that were included in Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0 after you upgrade your computer to use Windows
HOW TO: Replace a Driver on a Windows 2000-Based Computer That Will Not Start
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 313670 - This step-by-step article describes how to replace a driver on a Windows 2000-based computer that will not
How to Set the Driver Signing Policy for Windows 2000 Unattended Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 236029 - Driver signing is the process of checking the signature of the driver to determine if it has been signed as a known-good driver indicating it has been tested with Windows 2000. This can help provide greater system stability because a poorly
How to submit a Print Driver Request for Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 140986 - To submit a request for a print driver or print driver enhancement for Windows NT, please send your request to the following E-Mail Alias: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO: Use the Roll Back Driver Feature
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 283657 - This article describes the Roll Back Driver feature that is a new feature in Microsoft Windows
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.
How to Use the File Signature Verification Tool to Find Third-Party Drivers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 259283 - This article describes how to use the Windows 2000 Signature Verification tool (Sigverif.exe). You can use this tool to identify unsigned drivers on a computer running Windows 2000. This information can be helpful when you are troubleshooting
How to View Non-Plug and Play Legacy Drivers in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 246250 - Describes how to view non-Plug and Play legacy device drivers in Windows
HOW TO: Verify Unsigned Device Drivers in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308514 - This step-by-step article describes how you can use the Windows XP Signature Verification tool (Sigverif.exe) to find unsigned drivers and verify device drivers in Windows XP. This information can be helpful for troubleshooting system
instability, error messages, boot problems, and so on.
How Windows 2000 Determines the Most Suitable Device Driver to Install During Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 279112 - This article describes the process that is used to select the most suitable device driver for a device during
I2O (Intelligent I/O Architecture) Drivers for Windows NT
Provides drivers to enable I2O (Intelligent I/O Architecture) card support on Intel Architecture (x86)-based machines. Source: Microsoft.com
Information About Hardware Device Drivers for Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 319908 - This article contains information about device drivers in Windows XP. Device drivers are software that regulate or control computer hardware. The information in this article may be useful if you have recently upgraded to Windows XP and a
device is not functioning properly, or if your computer does not
recognize a device. These types of problems are often related to
Installing a Non-Plug and Play Driver for a PCI Device May Cause Problems
If you install an older Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 driver for a PCI device that has a Windows 2000 or Windows XP driver currently installed, the resources for the PCI device are reassigned. Reassigning the PCI device's resources to the Windows NT
4.0 prevents the Windows 2000
or Windows XP driver from communicating with the device.
Monolithic Device Drivers May Prevent Windows 2000 Class Drivers from Working
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227731 - If a monolithic driver is installed on a Windows 2000-based computer, 32-bit software may not access the hardware device correctly, or at all.
Administrator Permissions to Load and Unload Device Drivers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 219435 - This article describes
the how to configure Windows 2000 to permit users who do not have
administrator or power user permissions to install and uninstall
device drivers in Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 Code Signing: Digitally Signed Drivers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 224404 - In order to assure users that they are using the highest-quality drivers, Microsoft will digitally sign drivers that pass the Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) tests. Drivers submitted to WHQL that pass testing with the
final released Windows 2000 products will be given a Microsoft
digital signature. This digital signature will be associated with
individual driver packages and will be recognized natively by
Windows 2000 systems
Windows NT 4.0 Driver Library
Microsoft KB Article 142643
Microsoft provides the files in the Microsoft Windows NT Driver
Library (WNTDL). Files in the WNTDL support many printers,
displays, sound cards, and network card adapters that the Windows
NT version 4.0 release does not support directly. If you have a
modem, the drivers are available at no charge.
Windows NT Printer Driver Architecture
Microsoft KB Article 141302 describes the Windows NT print driver. It also illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of having a universal driver with characterization files
Windows NT Service Packs and OEM Drivers
Microsoft KB Article 139815 After you install Windows NT Service Packs (SPs), you may need to reinstall customized Windows NT components or drivers provided by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Understanding What a Device is to Windows NT
Windows NT Magazine Tip posted on TechNet.