How do I get into Windows Device Manager?

Below are the steps for entering the Device Manager in each of the major versions of Windows. Click on one of the links below to link directly to the steps for that version of Windows or browse through them all.

Tip: Versions of Windows that have Device Manager and users who have a Windows keyboard connected can get into Device Manager by pressing the Windows key and the Pause key at the same time.

Windows 8
Microsoft Windows Vista and 7

Windows 2003
Microsoft Windows XP and 2000
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, and ME
Microsoft Windows NT 4.x
Microsoft Windows NT 3.x and Windows 3.x

Windows 8 users

  1. From the Windows Start Screen, type device manager. Or on the Desktop screen, you can press the Windows key + C key on your keyboard to open the Charms menu.
  2. Click Settings and then click the Device Manager icon. You should see something similar to the example below.

Windows 8 Device Manager

Note: In Windows 8.1, you can access the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Windows button (the Start button) in the lower left corner of the Desktop screen. In the menu that opens, click Device Manager.

Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 users

  1. Click on the Start Orb.
  2. In the Start menu Search box, type device manager and then press enter. You should see something similar to the example below.

Windows Vista Device Manager

Windows 2003

  1. Open the Administrative Tools in Control Panel.
  2. Within the Administrative Tools, click Computer Management.

Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 users

  1. On the desktop or in the Start menu, right-click on My Computer and select Properties. You can also open the Control Panel and double-click the System icon.
  2. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
  3. On the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button.

or

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Control Panel
  4. In the Control Panel, double-click the Systems icon.
  5. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
  6. On the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button and you should see something similar to the example below.

Windows XP Device Manager

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, and ME users

  1. On the desktop, right-click on My Computer and select Properties or open the Control Panel and double-click the System icon.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.

or

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Control Panel
  4. In the Control Panel, double-click the Systems icon.
  5. Click the Device Manager tab and you should see something similar to the example below.

Microsoft Windows 98 Device Manager

Microsoft Windows NT 4.x users

Microsoft Windows NT 3.x and Windows 3.x users

These versions of Windows do not have a Device Manager feature.

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