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.
  2. Click Settings and then click the Device Manager icon. You should see something similar to the example below.

Windows 8 Device Manager

Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 users

  1. Click on the Start Orb.
  2. In the Start Search box type device manager and then press enter and 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 right-click on My Computer and click Properties or open the Control Panel and double-click the System icon.
  2. In the System Properties window click the Hardware tab.
  3. In 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. In 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 click 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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