The Device Manager in Windows 11/10 provides a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed on a computer. The Device Manager helps change hardware configuration options, manage drivers, enable or disable hardware, identify conflicts between hardware devices, etc. Device Manager also helps troubleshoot devices when they don’t work properly. Let us see how to open the Device Manager in Windows 11/10. You may need to be logged in using an administrator account.
How to open the Device Manager in Windows 11/10
The Device Manager in Windows 11/10 can be opened in the following ways:
- Using the WinX Menu
- Using Windows 10 Search
- Using Run box
- Using Command-line
- Using Control Panel
- Using Computer Management
- Using File Explorer
We will now learn about all these methods in detail.
1] Using the WinX Menu
You can open the WinX Menu by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X. You can also right-click on the Start Menu and then select the option ‘Device Manager’.
2] Using Windows 10 Search
To open the Device Manager using the Search option, click on the ‘Search icon’ or ‘Search box’ next to the Start button. Type in ‘Device Manager’ in the search box and then simply select the option.
3] Using Run box
You can open the Device Manager using the Run box method with the help of any one of the three Run commands-
control hdwwiz.cpl in the open field. Simply press the Windows Key + R. Type in any one of the mentioned commands in the Open field and then select OK.
4] Using Command-line
Execute one of the folowing command in CMD or PowerShell:
5] Using Control Panel
Open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers > Device Manager.
You can also access it using Control Panel’s Icon View
Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items. To do that, click on the View by drop-down menu, and choose Large icons or Small icons, depending on your preference. All the Control Panel items will appear. Select the ‘Device Manager’ option.
6] Using Computer Management
Open the Computer Management Tool on your Windows 10 PC.
Under System Tools, click on Device Manager to launch it.
7] Using File Explorer
- Open Explorer
- In the Navigation pane, right-click on This PC
- Select Show more options
- Next select Manage from the context menu
- Computer Management window will open
- Click on System Tools > Device Manager.
In Windows 10, go to File Explorer You will see ‘This PC’ in the left navigation pane. Right-click on This PC and select ‘Manage’ from the Context Menu. The Computer Management Tool window will open.
Now once Computer Management opens, click on System Tools > Device Manager.
So, these are the various ways to open Device Manager in Windows 11/10. Hope this was helpful for beginners!
If you know of any more ways to open the Device Manager on your Windows 11/10 PC, do let us know in the comments down below.