Windows 10: inf files and PNF files differ; normal?

  1.    20 Dec 2016 #1

    inf files and PNF files differ; normal?

    Using command prompt or desktop.ini from cmd.exe I have found files in the windows\inf folder that have a conflict. Not all, but a lot of files have the same name with a different extension (inf or PNF). The inf files are dated prior to the laptop build but the PNF files have the current date. Is this normal or is my machine wacked?
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  2. Posts : 238
    Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10 x64 v1709
       20 Dec 2016 #2

    Quite normal. Every driver has both an INF and PNF file (same filename, different extensions). INF is a text based file. It tells Windows what devices the driver supports and how to install the driver package (destination directorries to copy files, registry modifications needed, etc). INF is a text based file you can open with notepad. PNF is the compiled version of the INF.
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