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How to Open Device Manager in Windows

The Many Ways of Opening Device Manager in Windows

Device Manager is, without doubt, one of the most important utilities in Windows. As such, every computer user should be aware of how it can be accessed. It is the place where all the hardware components that make up your computer are listed. Device Manager can, therefore, be used to troubleshoot hardware problems. So, how do you open Device Manager in Windows?

Opening Device Manager in Windows

There are a number of ways through which you can open Device Manager in Windows. You should be familiar with at least one of them, which you can use to diagnose driver problems on your computer, should the need ever arise;

  1. Through the Start Button Context Menu (Windows 10)

The first and, perhaps, the easiest way of opening Device Manager in Windows 10 is through the Start Button context menu.

In order to open the context menu, all that you need to do is right click on the start button at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Right Click on Start Button
Right Click on Start Button to Open Device Manager

As you can see in the screenshot below, right clicking on the Start button on the bottom left corner of your screen brings up a number of useful options. To open Device Manager, all that you need to do now is Click on the “Device Manager” option.

Open Device Manager
Choose the appropriate option to open Device Manager
  1. Open Device Manager through Command Prompt (Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)

Device Manager can also be opened through Command Prompt. Command Prompt is one of the options in the Start button Context Menu, which pretty much makes this something of a roundabout way of opening Device Manager for Windows 10 users.

This option can, however, still be useful in other versions of Windows. Command Prompt can be opened by typing “cmd” (without the quotes) in the Search utility.

Once you have Command Prompt open, all that you need to do in order to open Device Manager is type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes), before pressing “enter” on your keyboard.

Open Device Manager through Command Prompt
You can open Device Manager through Command Prompt in Windows
  1. Through the Windows “Run” utility (Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)

It is also possible to open Device Manager in Windows using the “Run” utility. The Run window can be opened by simply pressing on the Windows key + the key “R” on your keyboard. Once you have Run open, type in “devmgmt.msc” without the quotes and you will be taken to Device Manager.

Open Device Manager through the Run utility in Windows
Open Device Manager through the Run utility in Windows
  1. Through the System Information Window (Windows 8, 8.1 and 10)

Device Manager in Windows can also be opened through the System Information panel. In order to get there, all that you need to do is right click on “This PC” on your desktop, before clicking on “Properties.”

Open Device Manager Through System Information
Open Device Manager Through System Information

The option to open Device Manager is listed on the top left corner of the panel, under “Control Panel Home.”

  1. Through Computer Management

Another way of opening Device Manager is through Computer Management. In order to get there, all that you need to do is right click on This PC on your desktop and select the “Manage” option. If you are using earlier versions of Windows, right click on My Computer. Selecting “Manage” takes you to the Computer Management Window.

You can open Device Manager through computer management

Why Device Manager is Important

The fact that there are so many ways through which you can open Device Manager in Windows points to its usefulness.

As mentioned earlier, this is the place where you can diagnose and resolve hardware problems.You can read more about hardware and software in computers by following the relevant link.

If there are any issues with your computer’s drivers, a yellow exclamation mark will be appended to the name of the device.

Open Device Manager through computer management
A yellow triangle indicating that Windows has encountered a problem with a USB device. In this case, we were also getting a “USB not recognized” notice, which you can see on the bottom right corner of the screenshot.

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