ExGetPreviousMode function (wdm.h)

The ExGetPreviousMode routine returns the previous processor mode for the current thread.


KPROCESSOR_MODE ExGetPreviousMode();

Return value

ExGetPreviousMode returns a KPROCESSOR_MODE value, one of KernelMode or UserMode. This value specifies the previous processor mode for the current thread.


If an I/O request can originate either in user mode or kernel mode and the caller passes pointers to data structures used for I/O, the driver must be able to determine whether the caller's pointers are valid in user mode or kernel mode.

If drivers are processing I/O requests using the normal IRP-based I/O dispatch method, they can determine the previous processor mode by checking the RequestorMode parameter in the IRP header. (The RequestorMode parameter is set by the I/O manager.)

Alternatively, ExGetPreviousMode can be used to determine the previous processor mode. This routine is particularly useful in situations where a previous mode parameter is not available, for example, in a file driver that uses fast I/O.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Available starting with Windows 2000.
Target Platform Universal
Header wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe

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