Windows Device Manager is used to list hardware and software devices in the current system. Device Manager also used to check drivers, firmware and configuration of the devices. In this tutorial, we will learn how to open and list hardware information with Device Manager on Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.
There are plenty of ways of opening the Windows Device Manager. We will look at the most useful and practical of them.
Open From Start Menu
Start menu provides a lot of useful functionality. We can open
Device Manager from the start menu. We will just type the
Device Manager to the start menu where the matched programs will be listed.
This will work for all different versions without problem.
Open From Control Panel
Control Panel provides access to the Administrative tools like Keyboard, Mouse, User Accounts etc. We can also access to the Device Manager from Control Panel like below.
Open From MS-DOS Command Line with devmgmt.msc
MS-DOS Commandline seems a nightmare for most of the users. But MS-DOS provides very useful and practical shortcuts for regular jobs like opening Device Manager. We can use
devmgmt.msc command in order to open Device Manager like below.
Open From PowerShell
PowerShell is the new way to manage Windows systems from command line. It provides a lot more than MS-DOS. We can use most of the MS-DOS commands from PowerShell so we can use
devmgmt.msc command in order to open Device Manager.
Open From Run Dialog Box
We can also open Device Manager from Run Dialog Box. Run Dialog box execute given command in the command line. So we will use
devmgmt.msc in order to open Device Manager from Run Dialog Box.
Open From Computer Management Console
Computer Management Console is used to manage core Windows components. We can also use the Computer Management Console in order to open Device Manager. Device Manager will be opened inside Computer Management windows like below.