How to Use The Windows Device Manager In Windows

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How To Use The Device Manager in Windows To Troubleshoot Hardware Components

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The Windows Device manager is used for troubleshooting and configuring hardware components installed in the computer.The Device Manager in all flavors of Windows is the easiest tool for configuring and managing hardware devices installed in the computer.

Device Manager provides you with a graphical view of the hardware that is installed on your computer. All devices communicate with Windows through a piece of software called a device driver. You can use Device Manager to install and update the drivers for your hardware devices, modify hardware settings for those devices, and troubleshoot problems.

Uses for Windows Device Manager:

1. You can use Device Manager to: Determine whether the hardware on your computer is working properly.

2. Change hardware configuration settings.

3. Identify the device drivers that are loaded for each device, and obtain information about each device driver.

4. Change advanced settings and properties for devices.

5. Install updated device drivers.

6, Enable, disable, and uninstall devices.

7. Roll back to the previous version of a driver. View the devices based on their type, by their connection to the computer, or by the resources they use.

8. View the devices based on their type, by their connection to the computer, or by the resources they use

9. Show or hide hidden devices that are not critical to view, but might be necessary for advanced troubleshooting.

You will typically use Device Manager to check the status of your hardware and update device drivers on your computer. Advanced users who have a thorough understanding of computer hardware might also use Device Manager’s diagnostic features to resolve device conflicts and change resource settings.

Ordinarily, you will not need to use Device Manager to change resource settings because resources are allocated automatically by the system during hardware setup.

You can use Device Manager to manage devices only on a local computer. On a remote computer, Device Manager will work only in read-only mode, allowing you to view, but not change the hardware configuration of that computer.

How To Access Device Manager In Windows 7

In Windows 7 there a few ways to access the Device Manager. Here they are:

  1. Left click the Start Orb / Left click the Start orb / start button. button.
  2. Left click the Control Panel on the Start menu.Accessing Windows Control panel on the start menu.
  3. In the Windows Control Panel double left click the System Icon.The Windows Control Panel in Windows 7 to access the device manager
  4. The System window will load. Left click the Device Manager link on the left hand side.The Windows Control Panel in Windows 7 to access the device manager
  5. The Device Manager window will loadThe Windows Device Manager shown in Windows 7

Open The Windows Device Manager Using Command Line Prompt

The following procedure allows you to open Device Manager from a command prompt. A command prompt is a basic DOS window that you can use to run commands through basic file codes.

  • Left click the Start Orb / Left click the Start orb / start button. button.
  • Left click Run on the Start menu (or press the Windows Start key + R at the same time. The run window will appearThe Windows run dialog window is your key to launching programs using the program's executable file name
  • In the open box type COMMAND and press enter or left click OK. The command prompt interpreter window appears.Launching programs through the Windows Command Interpreter
  • At a command prompt, type following command:
    mmc devmgmt.msc

    One of the following occurs:

    • If you are logged on as the built-in Administrator account, Device Manager opens.
    • If you are logged on as a user that is a member of the Administrators group, then the User Account Control dialog box appears, and you must click Continue to open Device Manager.
    • If you are logged on as a standard user, a message appears indicating that you cannot make any changes to the devices. Click OK to open Device Manager in read-only mode.

How To Access Device Manager Using Computer Management Tool

The following procedures allow you to open Computer Management, which includes Device Manager as one of its components.

This procedure works only on Windows Vista. On Windows Server 2008, these steps start the Server Manager program. To start Computer Manager on Windows Server 2008, use the steps in the next procedure by using the command prompt.
  1. Left click Start, then right-click Computer, and then click Manage.One of the following occurs:
    • If you are logged on as the built-in Administrator account, Computer Management opens.
    • If you are logged on as a user that is a member of the Administrators group, then the User Account Control dialog box appears, and you must click Continue to open Computer Management.
    • If you are logged on as a standard user, Computer Management opens.The computer management window.
  2. Click Device Manager in the navigation pane.One of the following occurs:
    • If you are an administrator, Device Manager appears in the details pane.
    • If you are a standard user, a message appears indicating that you cannot make any changes to the devices. Click OK to open Device Manager in read-only mode in the details pane.

Congratulations! You now have a basic understanding of what the Windows Device Manager is and how to use it to modify hardware components installed in a PC.

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