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Windows 7: Windows Driver Foundation User-mode Driver Framework service is Manual

24 Nov 2015   #1

W7 Pro x64
Windows Driver Foundation User-mode Driver Framework service is Manual


All of a sudden the Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework service is set to Manual in Services.

I clean installed Windows 7 a few weeks ago and my system is clean (as far as clean goes) as in only 15 programs installed (of which 5 x NVIDIA). I use this computer for work and I don't want anything else.

I checked that service and a few weeks ago it was set to Automatic.

My questions are:

1. Any idea what may have caused this value to change? I'm pretty sure this is related to a USB drive.

2. Could it be the case if you install an old USB drive it somehow messes up the value?

3. What does this do anyway? I read on Black Viper it manages user-mode driver host processes:

User-mode driver framework is a method of having drivers ran in “user space” instead of “kernel space.” This provides better system stability due to a situation of a driver crashing, it only brings down the driver and not the system. Such possible devices include cameras, media players, PDA’s and other USB connected devices.

4. Should I set it back to Automatic or leave it as is?

Thanks in advance!

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27 Nov 2015   #2

W7 Pro x64

Could someone shed some light on this, pretty please?
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27 Nov 2015   #3

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64

Default setting is manual.
Any idea what may have caused this value to change? I'm pretty sure this is related to a USB drive.
Yes. You probably set it to Automatic sometime past for reasons surrounding a USB drive (you plug one in and hear the USB disconnect sound and may see event message "The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load").

I keep it manual and ignore that error on mine. I've never seen it cause an issue. But set it back to Automatic if you had it that way before. That one additional startup on bootup will have no noticeable or significant difference
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29 Nov 2015   #4

W7 Pro x64

Thank you for helping me, ComputerGeek!
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