DIFx Tools Version 1.1 Support Multiple Languages and 64-bit Drivers

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  1. DIFx Tools Version 1.1 Support Multiple Languages and 64-bit Drivers

    Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx) provides infrastructure and tools to
    simplify device and driver installation for both developers and users. DIFx
    tools includes the Driver Package Installer (DPInst) and the Driver
    Installation Frameworks for Applications (DIFxApp).

    Version 1.1 of DIFx tools is now available for download from WHDC. Version
    1.1 provides the following new capabilities:

    Ability to create localized driver installation packages in 24 languages:

    Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Spanish - Modern Sort (Spain) Norwegian
    (Bokmål) (Norway)
    Chinese (People's ROC) Finnish (Finland) Dutch
    Chinese (Taiwan) French (France)
    Polish (Poland)
    Czech (Czech Republic) Hebrew (Israel)
    Portuguese (Brazil)
    Danish (Denmark) Hungarian (Hungary)
    Portuguese (Portugal)
    German (Germany) Italian (Italy)
    Russian (Russia)
    Greek (Greece) Japanese (Japan)
    Swedish (Sweden)
    English (United States) Korean (Korea)
    Turkish (Turkey)

    Ability to create driver installation packages for Itanium-based systems.

    Support for x64-based platforms is planned for a future version of the DIFx
    tools. A Beta version of these tools is available through the DIFx Tools
    Beta Program. To enroll, visit http://betaplace and log in with guest ID

    Ability to create driver installation packages for file system minifilters
    (file system filter drivers developed to the Filter Manager model).

    Support for the next version of Microsoft Windows, codenamed "Longhorn."

    Support for NDIS IM drivers.

    Ability to fine-tune the user installation experience with new
    MsiDriverPackages table flags:

    Suppress the "Attach device" prompt displayed by DIFxApp if no matching
    device could be found for a Plug and Play driver that was just installed.

    Suppress creation of an Add/Remove Programs entry for the driver package.

    New Windows Installer XML (WiX) library, DIFxApp.wixlib, for developers who
    use WiX to create setup programs.

    New DPInst return code that indicates status of a driver installation to a
    calling application, to help support IT deployment scenarios. Status
    information includes the number of driver packages that were successfully
    installed and whether a system restart is necessary.

    Download DIFx tools version 1.1:
    DIFx Resources on WHDC:
    FAQ’s are available at :

    Also Newly Released ...

    Device Installation FAQ

    Download available at :

    This FAQ answers frequently asked questions about device installation on
    the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Driver developers can
    use the information in this FAQ to better understand and solve problems
    related to installing devices and drivers on PCs running Windows.

    The information in this FAQ applies to the following versions of Windows:
    Microsoft Windows codenamed "Longhorn"
    Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows 2000

    Included in this FAQ:
    General questions about Plug and Play
    Inbox drivers
    INF files
    Configuration Manager and SetupDi routines
    User Interaction
    System-file protection
    Digital signatures
    Service-side installation
    Troubleshooting installation
    Windows 9x questions

    [MS] Jeff McCashland

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Jeff McCashland [MSFT], Nov 4, 2004
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