Device Identifier Hierarchy

When new hardware, such as a printer, a USB storage device, or a keyboard, is installed or connected to a computer, Windows searches for the optimal driver packages for the hardware. During this search, Windows assigns a rank to each potential driver package it discovers that matches at least a hardware or a compatible device ID. The final ranking indicates how well the driver matches the device. The lower the ranking, the better the match between the driver and the hardware.

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