Device Manager Explained

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 is used to manage the hardware devices installed in a computer like hard disk drives, keyboards, sound cards, USB devices, and more.

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:

Device Manager can be accessed several different ways including from the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, and more:

How To Access Device Manager in Windows


Windows 8: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/device-manager-windows-8.htm

Windows 7: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/f/open-device-manager-windows-7.htm

Windows Vista: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsvista/f/opendmvista.htm

Windows XP: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsxp/f/opendmxp.htm
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