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How To Open Device Manager in Windows 8 & 8.1

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Device Manager in Windows 8

There are several ways to open Device Manager in Windows 8 but one of the easiest is via the Control Panel.

Tip: Actually, there's an even easier way to open Device Manager if you're using a keyboard or mouse with Windows 8. If so, skip all of this and check out Tip #1 at the bottom of the page.

Among other configuration tools, the Control Panel in Windows 8 contains a shortcut to Device Manager, the program used to manage drivers, view system resources, and otherwise configure the hardware seen by the operating system.

Follow these easy steps to open Device Manager in Windows 8 from the Control Panel:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Opening Device Manager in Windows 8 should only take several seconds.

Applies To: Device Manager can be accessed this way in any edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Here's How:

  1. From the Start screen, swipe up to bring up the Apps screen. With a stylus or mouse, click the circled down-arrow icon instead.

    Note: If you're not running the Windows 8.1 update or later, swipe up from the bottom of the Start screen and tap the All apps icon. With a mouse, right-click on the Start screen and then click All apps.
     
  2. Once on the Apps screen, scroll or swipe to the right until you see the Windows System heading.
     
  3. Tap or click on Control Panel, located under Windows System.

    Windows 8 will bring up the Desktop and automatically open the Control Panel.
     
  4. Tap or click on the Hardware and Sound link.

    Note: You won't see Hardware and Sound if your Control Panel view is set to Large icons or Small icons. In your case, just tap or click on Device Manager and then move on to Step 6.
     
  5. In the Hardware and Sound window, click or tap Device Manager, located under the Devices and Printers heading.
     
  6. You can now use Device Manager to update drivers, roll back a driver, or manage some other aspect of the hardware on your Windows 8 computer.

Tips:

  1. If you happen to be using a keyboard with Windows 8, the quickest way to open Device Manager is via its shortcut on the Power User Menu, accessible by pressing the WIN and X keys together. With a mouse, as long as you're updated to Windows 8.1 or later, just right-click on the Start button.
     
  2. Not using Windows 8? See How Do I Access Device Manager? for links to instructions on opening Device Manager in your particular version of Windows.
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