How to open Windows Device Manager

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope

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

Press the shortcut key Windows key and Pause key at the same time to open the Device Manager.

How to open the Device Manager in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key + X or right-click on Start to open the Power User Menu.
  2. Select Device Manager in the menu. You should see something similar to the example below.

Windows 10 Device Manager

Note

In the search bar, you can also type device manager and click Device Manager in the search results to open the Windows Device Manager.

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

How to open the Device Manager in Windows 8

  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.
Note

In Windows 8.1, you can also access the Device Manager from the Power User Tasks Menu. To open this menu, press Win+X. In the menu that opens, click Device Manager.

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

How to open the Device Manager in Windows Vista and 7

  1. Click Start.
  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

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

How to open the Device Manager in Windows 2003

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

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

Open the Device Manager in Microsoft Windows XP and 2000

  1. On the desktop or in the Start menu, right-click on My Computer and select Properties.
  2. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
  3. On the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button.

or

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

Windows XP Device Manager

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

Open the Device Manager in Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, and ME

  1. On the desktop, right-click on My Computer and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.

or

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

Microsoft Windows 98 Device Manager

Once in the Device Manager, you can start identifying problems in Windows Device Manager.

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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