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Why does NDIS driver require reboot on installation?

Shane_CorbinShane_Corbin Member Posts: 274

I've got an installer that installs a collection of drivers. When a new NDIS driver is included the installer requires a restart. It's an annoyance I've "dealt with" for some time, but never truly understood. Could anyone suggest some pointed areas for troubleshooting (or eliminating) the need to restart?


  • Doron_HolanDoron_Holan Member - All Emails Posts: 10,682

    what does say about the install and the reboot? there are typically clues there as to which driver failed to unload or vetoed the operation.

  • Shane_CorbinShane_Corbin Member Posts: 274

    I can't be certain, but this looks like a potential indication:
    "Device pending start: Device has problem: 0x38 (CM_PROB_NEED_CLASS_CONFIG), problem status: 0x00000000."

    I found this information regarding that particular problem:

    It's possible this issue could be resolved with some .inf modifications?

  • Doron_HolanDoron_Holan Member - All Emails Posts: 10,682
    Most likely NOT the reason for the reboot. As you see in the docs, it is a transient error state which essentially means pnp has finished the declarative part of the install, started the device and is now triggering a service to perform runtime setup of the device. Look for case insensitive “reboot” in the log.
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