Device Manager And Various Ways Of Accessing It.

DEVICE MANAGER.

The Device Manager is a Control Panel applet in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It allows users to view and control the hardware attached to the computer. When a piece of hardware is not working, the offending hardware is highlighted for the user to deal with. The list of hardware can be sorted by various criteria.

For each device, users can:

  • Supply device drivers for the hardware
  • Enable or disable devices
  • Tell Windows to ignore malfunctioning devices
  • View other technical properties

Windows 95/98/Me

  1. Click Start, then select Settings -> Control Panel
  2. Select System applet, then Device Manager tab.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP

  1. Select the Start menu at the bottom-right of your screen.
  2. Choose Control Panel (or Settings, then Control Panel on some computers).
  3. In the window that opens, double-click the control panel titled System. If there is no item titled System listed in the Control Panels window, click the link in the upper-left of the window titled Switch To Classic View. The System Control Panel icon should now be visible to the right. Double-click it to open the System Properties window.
  4. At the top of the System Properties window that opens, click the tab titled Hardware.
  5. Then click the button labeled Device manager. You will be presented with a list of all the components installed on your computer.
  • Alternative 1:
    1. Right-click My Computer then select Properties
    2. Select the Hardware tab
    3. Click the Device Manager button
  • Alternative 2: Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc -> OK
  • Alternative 3: Type “devmgmt.msc” into the Command Prompt
  • Alternative 4: Device Manager is part of Computer Management, which also includes Event Viewer, Services Manager, Disk Management and many other things. Right-Click My Computer then select Manage to start Computer Management, or invoke compmgmt.msc, or launch it via the shortcut in Control Panel, Administrative Tools.
  • Alternative 5: Press and hold down the Windows key and press the Pause/Break key.
  • Alternative 6: Create a batch file(.bat) to run Device Manager. A one line entry of devmgmt.msc into an ANSI text file with the extension (.bat) suffices. However you can also invoke instance settings, such as displaying non-present devices, by adding an additional first command line
    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
    for an overall structure like this:
    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
  • Alternative 7: Instead of a batch file, simply create a shortcut leading to devmgmt.msc

Windows Vista

  1. Select the Start menu at the bottom-right of your screen.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. In the window that opens, double-click the control panel titled System. If there is no item titled System listed in the Control Panels window, click the link in the upper-left of the window titled Classic View. The System Control Panel icon should now be visible to the right. Double-click it to open the System Properties window.
  4. At the top of the Control Panel > System window that opens, click the tab titled Hardware.
  5. Then in the upper-left of the window, under Tasks, click the link labeled Device manager. You will be presented with a list of all the components installed on your computer.

Alternative: Control panel –> Hardware and sound –> View Hardware and Devices

Windows 7

  1. Select Start from the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Select the first option called System and Security.
  4. Select System. In this window there should be a general overview of your computer.
  5. On the left hand side there is a list and near the top is the Device Manager. Click on this and it should list all the components installed on your computer.
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