Drivers & Device Manager
Working with drivers, and in Device Manager in general, isn't something you'll do on a regular basis, but it's important to get it right when you do.
Below you'll find all sorts of driver and Device Manager related tutorials and how-to's, from how to get to Device Manager, to where to get a driver, to how to get it installed properly:
How Do I Access Device Manager in Windows?
Links to operating system specific instructions on opening Device Manager.
How Do I Disable a Device in Device Manager in Windows?
Disabling a hardware device listed in Device Manager is useful if you'd like Windows to ignore the piece hardware. Once disabled, a Windows will no longer assign system resources to the device and no software on your computer will be able to use the device.
How Do I Enable a Device in Device Manager in Windows?
Each hardware device listed in Device Manager must be enabled before Windows can use it. Once enabled, a Windows can assign system resources to the device. See detailed instructions for enabling a device in Windows.
How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number in Windows?
Knowing a driver's version number can be useful before updating drivers or troubleshooting some hardware problems. Find a driver's version number in Windows with these easy steps.
How Do I Find Device Manager in Windows?
Trying to find Device Manager on your Windows PC? You can find Device Manager in the Computer Management utility, the System applet in Control Panel, or you can start it by running a specific command at a command prompt.
How Do I Roll Back a Driver in Windows?
You can roll back a driver using the Driver Roll Back feature in Device Manager. You might need to roll back a driver to return the driver to a previous working version.
How Do I View a Device's Status in Device Manager in Windows?
The status of each hardware device recognized by Windows is available at any time within Device Manager. This status contains the current state of the hardware as seen by Windows.
How To Update Drivers in Windows
Links to instructions for updating drivers in different versions of Windows.
List of Driver Download Sources
A list of driver download sources in the order in which they should be tried.
List of Driver Download Websites
A list of driver download websites, sites that store and index drivers that are released by hardware manufacturers.
Where Can I Download Device Manager for Windows?
Device Manager is a very useful Microsoft Windows utility. With Device Manager, you can disable hardware, update device drivers, resolve resource conflicts, and much more.
Where Can I Get Free Driver Downloads?
All drivers are free from the hardware maker's website. Here's what you need to know.