What is Device Manager?
Device Manager is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that provides a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed in a computer.
What is Device Manager Used For?
Device Manager can be used for changing hardware configuration options, managing drivers, disabling and enabling hardware, identifying conflicts between hardware devices, and much more.
Think of Device Manager as the master list of hardware that Windows understands. All the hardware on your computer can be configured from this centralized utility.
How To Access Device Manager
How To Use Device Manager
Each device listing in Device Manager contains detailed driver, system resource, and other configuration information and settings. When you change a setting for a piece of hardware, it changes the way Windows works with that hardware.
Here are some common things that you can do in Device Manager:
- Update Drivers
- Reinstall Drivers
- View a Device's Status
- Roll Back a Driver
- Enable a Device
- Disable a Device
- Find a Driver's Version Number
Device Manager Availability
Note: Even though Device Manager is available in almost every Windows operating system version, some small differences do exist from one Windows version to the next.