HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services Registry Tree

The HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services registry tree stores information about each service on the system. Each driver has a key of the form HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DriverName. The PnP manager passes this path of a driver in the RegistryPath parameter when it calls the driver's DriverEntry routine. A driver can pre-seed global driver-defined data under the Parameters subkey of its key in the Services tree using an AddReg directive in the driver's INF file. To access that key at runtime, a WDM driver should use IoOpenDriverRegistryKey with a DRIVER_REGKEY_TYPE of DriverRegKeyParameters and a WDF driver should use WdfDriverOpenParametersRegistryKey. Information that is stored under this key is available to the driver during its initialization.

For more info about registry keys that drivers typically use, see Introduction to Registry Keys for Drivers.

The following keys and value entries are of particular interest:

A value entry that specifies the fully qualified path of the driver's image file. Windows creates this value by using the required ServiceBinary entry in the driver's INF file. This entry is in the service-install-section referenced by the driver's INF AddService directive.

A key that is used to store driver-specific data. For some types of drivers, the system expects to find specific value entries. You can add value entries to this subkey using AddReg directives in the driver's INF file.

A key that specifies information for optional performance monitoring. The values under this key specify the name of the driver's performance DLL and the names of certain exported functions in that DLL. You can add value entries to this subkey using AddReg directives in the driver's INF file.