How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

by Adeel Younas
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There are a lot of reasons that encourages you to open Device Manager in Windows. But it is normally used to troubleshoot some problems that are related to your computer’s hardware.

It does not matter even if you are going to update your device drivers, adjust your system resources, find Device Manager error codes or just analyzing the status of your device. For all these tasks you will need to open Device Manager.

For newbies, it is very difficult to find Device Manager as it is not listed next to your regular programs. One of the most straightforward ways to find Device Manager is via Control Method, but we will discuss all methods for finding Device Manager in this article below.

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For opening Device Manager in Windows, you need to follow these few easy steps:

Method 1: Open Device Manager through Shortcut

  1. Press ‘Windows + X’ together.
  2. Once the menu is open click on ‘Device Manager

Method 2: Open Device Manager through Control Panel

  1. Depending on the version of Windows operating system, follow following steps to open Device Manager:
    • In Windows 8 and Windows 10,  tap on the Hardware and Sound link.  Through the Power User Menu, you can directly go to Device Manager without even going through Control Menu.
    • In Windows 7, you need to click System and Security.
    • In Windows Vista, click on System and Maintenance.
    • In Windows XP, go to Performance and Maintenance.
    • Note: If you can’t be able to see above options, you need to check your Control Panel view, which might be set to Large iconsSmall icons, or Classic View, depending on your view and operating system find and choose Device Manager from multiple icons and skip to Step 4 below.
  2. From the Control Panel screen, find and choose Device Manager.
    • In Windows 10 and Windows 8,  Search under the Devices and Printers heading.
    • In Windows 7, look for Device  Manager under System.
    • In Windows Vista, at the bottom of the window, you will be able to see Device Manager.
    • In Windows XP,  go for System, select Hardware tab, and then tap on the Device Manager button.

After opening the Device Manager, now you can be able to see the status of your device as well as you can also update device drivers, disable devices, disable devices or some other hardware related problems can be solved here in Device Manager.

Method 3: Open Device Manager Using RUN (Windows 10)

If you feel that you are good with command-line in Windows, especially good in using Command Prompt for performing different tasks.

One of quickest ways to open Device Manager. Open RUN first and then write ”devmgmt.msc’ the command in any version of Windows.

When your PC is not letting you use it normally, your PC is unable to recognize the type of mouse you are using or not allowing you to use your mouse properly.

In such cases, Command Prompt plays an important in opening Device Manager for troubleshooting problem occurred.

However, normally you do not need to open Device Manager using this method. You should know that Device Manager is available in all versions of Windows through Computer Management, which is a part of built-in utilities known as Administrative Tools.

Depending on the version of your Windows Operating System, Device Managers acquires a bit different look inside Computer Management.

In the left margin, click or tap on the Device Manager and then utilize it as an integrated feature of the utility located on the right.

In Windows 7, you have one more way to open the Device Manager is via GodMode. It is being considered as one of the special folders that allow you to access tons of controls and setting that are being found in your operating system.

If you do know about GodMode and has the ability to open Device Manager using it, then this might be a preferred way to use it.

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