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In this paper, the development and control for a switched-reluctance motor (SRM) drive with front-end switch-mode rectifier (SMR) are presented, and good motor driving performance and line drawn power quality are obtained. In the SMR, the dc-link voltage spikes caused by periodic pulse-type motor currents are eliminated using high-frequency small capacitor. And the bulky capacitor is designed according to the specified double-frequency voltage ripple. Then, the robust voltage and current schemes are developed to yield excellent and robust SMR control performance. Having well-regulated and adjustable dc-link voltage source, the performance enhancements of the SRM in vibration as well as current and speed dynamic responses are performed and evaluated. The robust current and speed control schemes are designed to yield improved driving performance. In addition to voltage boosting, the commutation advanced shift is proposed to further the improve current and speed dynamic responses, the torque-generating capability, and the vibration of SRM.