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How to open the Device Manager in Windows 10

Device Manager is a powerful administrative Windows tool to manage all connected devices. Microsoft uses the term devices for any hardware that is connected to the PC, from the motherboard and video card to external hard drives, the computer mouse, or monitors.

The Device Manager gives Windows users control over these devices. Control includes options to check the status of any device, update, install or uninstall drivers, remove old and unused devices or look up devices that were connected to the PC in the past.

One of the main issues that new users of Windows 10 face is that Microsoft removed the link to the Control Panel where the device manager was listed in. The Settings application includes a devices section but it does not link to the Device Manager or provide the same set of features.

New users may not know that the Device Manager exists at all in Windows 10 while veteran users may need instructions on opening the device manager.

How do you open the device Manager on Windows 10?

windows device manager

There are plenty of ways to open the Device Manager on Windows 10 devices but all of them are hidden.

There is no direct link in the Settings application or Start menu that points directly to the Device Manager.

The Power Menu

power menu device manager

Probably the easiest option as of Windows 10 version 1803 is the following one:

  1. Right-click on the Start icon or use the Windows-X shortcut.
  2. Select Device Manager from the Power menu that opens.

The method is the official way that Microsoft suggests when it comes to loading the Device Manager on a system running Windows 10.

The direct approach

msc devmgmt

Another option that you have is to load the Device Manager directly using its msc file. MSC files are snap-in controls that display administrative controls when run.

The MSC file name of the Device Manager is devmgmt.msc. All you have to do is the following to load it using the file:

  1. Use the shortcut Windows-R to display the run box on the system.
  2. Type or paste devmgmt.msc and hit the Enter-key.

Tip: You can load the Device Manager using the file name from the command prompt or PowerShell prompt as well.

Other options

Windows offers plenty of other options, most of them rather obscure, to open the Device Manager.

  1. Tap on Start and type Device Manager. Windows Search should return Device Manager as one of the options that you may then select to load the administrative tool.
  2. When you are in the Control Panel already, select Device Manager or use the built-in search to return it.
  3. When you are in Computer Management, select Device Manager under System Tools.
  4. If you work with the Device Manager regularly, add it to the desktop or Taskbar. Just create a new plain text document, add devmgmt.msc as text, and save the file so that it is of type .bat (and not .txt). Place the file on the desktop or taskbar to launch Device Manager with a double-click.
  5. Run a Device Manager alternative such as DevManView.


This article was first seen on ComTek's "TekBits" Technology News


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