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newbie questions

OSR_Community_UserOSR_Community_User Member Posts: 110,217
hail developers,

(do not know if my 1st msg reached list..)

My question is:
if i would want to write Windows software (running on all Win
versions, that supports Win32), does that mean I would have to develop
various MiniPort drivers for various OS versions ?
I know this is not a list for developers for other Win-OSes, different
from WinNT, but maybe everyone developer could explain/recommend/give me
any book/url/other references on how to develop (for example) SCSI
miniport drivers, running on all win32 platforms. I believe it is very
hard work, but i ask you all for ideas/points/suggestions
I know not much about IOS, IFSmgr and other stuff, needed to build good
emulating device drivers, is there enough information from WinNT DDK for
this question? Win95 DDK help gives ONLY 4 topics about these things :(
Never had heard about Win95 IFS kit? Does such kit exist ?

Tia,
till

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  • OSR_Community_User-35OSR_Community_User-35 Member Posts: 154
    If you want to write drivers that run under Windows NT and Windows 9x,
    then yes, you must comply with a driver model that is specifically
    supported on all target platforms.

    The Windows NT DDKs contains a design guide for SCSI miniport drivers.
    If you follow the rules it lays down, then you can in theory write and
    compile a driver that is binary compatible with Windows NT *and* 95.
    Hence, there is very similar miniport documentation in the Windows 95
    DDK.

    The WDM model is supported by Windows 98 and 2000, so if you can
    restrict your product to those newer platforms, you have a much more
    general-purpose model.

    There is an IFS kit for Windows 95. It is nothing like that for NT.
    I don't know how to get it offhand.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Dave Cox
    Hewlett-Packard Co.
    HPSO/SSMO (Santa Barbara)
    https://ecardfile.com/id/Dave+Cox


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Saulius Krasuckas [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2000 10:18 AM
    To: File Systems Developers
    Subject: [ntfsd] newbie questions


    hail developers,

    (do not know if my 1st msg reached list..)

    My question is:
    if i would want to write Windows software (running on all Win
    versions, that supports Win32), does that mean I would have to develop
    various MiniPort drivers for various OS versions ?
    I know this is not a list for developers for other Win-OSes, different
    from WinNT, but maybe everyone developer could explain/recommend/give me
    any book/url/other references on how to develop (for example) SCSI
    miniport drivers, running on all win32 platforms. I believe it is very
    hard work, but i ask you all for ideas/points/suggestions
    I know not much about IOS, IFSmgr and other stuff, needed to build good
    emulating device drivers, is there enough information from WinNT DDK for
    this question? Win95 DDK help gives ONLY 4 topics about these things :(
    Never had heard about Win95 IFS kit? Does such kit exist ?

    Tia,
    till



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