Using boot parameters

Driver developers and testers often have to add, delete, and change the parameters of boot entries to test their drivers under variable conditions. This section describes a few common scenarios and suggests strategies for configuring boot parameters in the Boot.ini file and in NVRAM.


Checked builds were available on older versions of Windows, before Windows 10 version 1803. Use tools such as Driver Verifier and GFlags to check driver code in later versions of Windows.

This section contains the following topics:

Boot Parameters to Enable Debugging

Boot Parameters to Manipulate Memory

Boot Parameters to Load a Partial Checked Build

Boot Parameters to Enable EMS Redirection

Boot Parameters to Configure DEP and PAE