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Device Manager, which could be defined as a Control Panel that's an extension of the Microsoft Management Console, provides users an organized, central view of the Windows-recognized hardware attached to a computer. This includes devices like keyboards, hard disk drives, USB devices etc. The Device Manager sorts out all hardware, listing them on the basis of various criteria and when a device malfunctions or stops working altogether, it immediately notifies the user. Thus Device Manager can be used to control devices, enable or disable them, configure them, identify conflicts between devices, and much more.
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There are different ways to access Device Manager. The most common ways to access it are from the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, or Computer Management. In newer operating systems, there are some unique methods of opening Device Manager; this varies from OS to OS.
Device Manager can also be opened by using a special command and through the command-line or Run dialog box. An easy way for opening Device Manager in Windows is by typing the correct command in the Command Prompt.
To be noted is the fact that Device Manager is included in Windows and there is no need to download or install anything.
First, let's discuss how to open Device Manager via Control Panel and then the other ways as well
Opening Device Manager via Control Panel
Open Control Panel
Control Panel would be available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen, depending on the Windows version. In Windows 10 and 8, go for the Power User Menu- press the WIN (Windows) key and the X key together.
Depending on your version of Windows, Control Panel is usually available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen.
Click on the Hardware and Sound link for Windows 10 & 8 or Click System and Security for Windows 7.
Check under Devices and Printers in Windows 10 and 8, and under System in Windows 7, you'll find Device Manager.
Once Device Manager is open, you can view device status, update device drivers, enable or disable devices or do hardware management.
The Other Ways in Which Device Manager Can be Opened
Device Manager can also be opened using Command Prompt, in any version of Windows, via its run command, devmgmt.msc. This is useful in certain circumstances, like when your mouse doesn't work or when your system has an issue that prevents normal functioning.
Device Management is also available via Computer Management, in all versions of Windows. Computer Management is part of Administrative Tools.
There are many things that need to be understood about Device Manager. Whenever there is an error or some drastic change as regards a hardware device attached to a system, different things happen in the Device Manager. By just checking the list of devices in the Device Manager, it can be found out if all devices are in complete working order.
Device Manager also helps troubleshoot devices when they don't work properly. So, it's always advisable to have an idea as to what to look for in Device Manager.
Whenever Windows detects a problem with a device, the Device Manager would mark it with a yellow exclamation mark.
A black arrow appears by the device name in the device list of the Device Manager whenever a device is disabled, by the user or because of a serious issue. In the older versions of Windows (XP and prior ones), it's a red x that indicates this.
When a device has a system resource conflict, driver problem or any other hardware issue, the Device Manager would give error codes. These codes- called Device Manager codes or hardware error codes- plus their explanations are found as a list in the Device Manager.
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