Introduction to WDM


This section contains guidance on WDM drivers, which is no longer the recommended driver model. For guidance on choosing a driver model, see Choosing a driver model.

To allow driver developers to write device drivers that are source-code compatible across all Microsoft Windows operating systems, the Windows Driver Model (WDM) was introduced. Kernel-mode drivers that follow WDM rules are called WDM drivers.

All WDM drivers must do the following:

Should You Write a WDM Driver?

If you are writing a new driver, consider using the Kernel-Mode Driver Framework (KMDF). KMDF provides interfaces that are simpler to use than WDM interfaces.

Do not write a WDM driver if the driver will be inserted into a stack of non-WDM drivers. Please read the documentation for device type-specific Microsoft-supplied drivers to determine how new drivers must interface with Microsoft-supplied drivers. For more device type-specific information, see Device and Driver Technologies.)