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Different Methods to Access Device Manager

Device Manager is an important feature in Windows where all hardware devices installed on your computer are listed. From here we can manage, check the status and settings of installed hardware devices. If you want to update the driver of an installed hardware or uninstall a device, this is the place. This guide explains various methods to access Device Manager on your computer. These methods are from DOS Prompt, Run and GUI. You can use these methods on Windows 8 to Windows XP computers.

1.Open Device Manager from Command Prompt
To do it from Command Prompt follow the steps below.
  1. Click on Start and open Command Prompt

  2. Type mmc devmgmt.msc on Command Prompt and Press enter
    How to open DM from command prompt

  3. This will open Device Manager

  4. PC

2. Access Device Manager from Run window
  1. open Run

    Either you can open Run from Start menu or by pressing the keyboard combination [Microsoft button] and [R] button together.

  2. Type mmc devmgmt.msc and click OK
    Steps to access DM using run command

    If Run is not listed in Start menu you can open it by pressing both windows and R keys together. There is a tutorial to bring Run in Start menu. Follow the steps provided in the link below to bring Run in Start menu.
    How to Enable Run Command in Start Menu

3. Open Device Manager from Windows GUI
  1. Click on Start

  2. Right Click on Computer
    Open hardware management area

  3. Click on Device Manager link displayed on the left hand side.
    Manage connected hardware

  4. If you are using Windows XP, you should click on Hardware tab and then go to Device Manager.
    XP

In this article we shared different ways to open Device Manager on your computer. From here you can check the status of every hardware components installed on your PC. Here you can check whether the driver software installed for a specific component is working fine by checking the status code. Just like this tutorial, we have many OS related articles. To read them follow the link below.
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