How To Open Device Manager?

How To Easily Open Device Manager In Windows 10 & 7

Found in most versions of Windows, the Device Manager tool is used to manage installed hardware devices. With this tool, you can find all installed hardware devices such as monitors, network adapters, display adapters, keyboards, disk drives, audio inputs and outputs, sound, video and game controllers, etc. If there is a problem with any installed hardware or associated drivers, Device Manager can be used for troubleshooting.

With Device Manager, you can get information about installed hardware devices and drivers, and also disable a particular device, update or uninstall drivers automatically or manually, roll back a driver to its previous state (version), scan for hardware changes (if there were any), and configure power management settings. If some devices are 'hidden', you can reveal them using Device Manager.

Device Manager makes it easier to troubleshoot devices on or connected to the computer. If hardware is not working properly, the Windows operating system recognizes a problem with the device and displays a yellow triangle with a black exclamation point beside the problematic device. If hardware is not recognized or installed properly, Device Manager displays a yellow question mark in place of the device's icon.

As mentioned (unless you are using other third-party software), there are a number of reasons to use Device Manager such as troubleshooting installed hardware, checking device status, and updating drivers. This tool is not a regular program such as Calculator or Calendar, but is, nevertheless, easily accessible. In the guide below, we describe several ways to access Device Manager as a Windows user.

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Open Device Manager Using Search

One of the easiest ways to access Device Manager in Windows 10 is to simply type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result.

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If you are using Windows 7, it is virtually the same. Click the Start button and simply type "device manager" in Search, and then click the "Device Manager" result.

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Open Device Manager From Quick Access

This method applies only to Windows 10 users and is the fastest way to open Device Manager. You can access Device Manager through Quick Access just in two clicks: by right-clicking the Start menu (button) and then clicking the "Device Manager" result.

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Open Device Manager From Control Panel

Another way to access Device Manager is to use Control Panel. If you are using Windows 10, type "control panel" in Search and click the "Control Panel" result.

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In Control Panel, you will see a list of computer settings. If the menu is different to our screenshot, set to view it by large icons by adjusting menu view settings in the top-right corner. Then find "Device Manager" in the list and click it.

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If you are using Windows 7, click the Start menu button and select "Control Panel".

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In the Control Panel window, you will see a list of settings. If the menu is different to our screenshot, set it to view by large icons by adjusting the menu view settings in the top-right corner. Then find "Device Manager" in the list and click it.

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Open Device Manager Using Run Command

Run is used to directly open programs, folders, documents, and Internet resources. It is rather like a single-line command line interface. To open Device Manager, you first need to open a Run dialog box. If you are a Windows 10 user, you can open Run in several different ways. You can right-click the Start button and select "Run" from the contextual menu; press the Windows key + R keys on the keyboard, or; type "run" in Search and click the "Run" result.

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In Run, type the "devmgmt.msc" command and press Enter on your keyboard or click "OK". Device Manager will be now opened.

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If you are using Windows 7, type "run" in Search and click the "Run" result, or press the Windows key + R keys on your keyboard.

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Now type the same "devmgmt.msc" command and press Enter on the keyboard or click "OK". Device Manager will be now opened.

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Open Device Manager Using Command Prompt

The Command Prompt application is available in most Windows operating systems. Command Prompt is used to execute over 280 commands. This tool is used to perform various tasks from a simple command line interface - these are the same commands we perform using graphical Windows interface. To use this application, you must enter a valid command with optional parameters (if there are any required). Command Prompt then executes that particular command and performs the task it is designed to perform. In this case, you will need to execute a command that triggers the operating system to open Device Manager. First, you need to open Command Prompt. If you are using Windows 10, type "command prompt" in Search and click the "Command Prompt" result.

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Now type the "devmgmt.msc" command and press Enter on your keyboard. Device Manager will be opened.

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If you are using Windows 7, click the Start menu button and type "command prompt" in Search. Click the "Command Prompt" result.

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Now type the "devmgmt.msc" command and press Enter on your keyboard.

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We hope this article was useful for opening Device Manager using various methods in Windows 10 and 7. If you have any questions relating to this topic, please leave a comment in the section below. 

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Tomas Meskauskas

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