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. In the device manager, you can update the driver of installed hardware or even uninstall them. 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 10 to Windows XP computers.

  1. Open Device Manager from Command Prompt

    You can open Device Manager straight from the Command Prompt. Follow the steps below to do it.
    1. Click on the Start button and open Command Prompt by typing cmd on the Search windows

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

    3. The Device Manager will open after you press the enter key.


  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 the RUN command

      In some Windows versions, you may not see Run in the Start menu. In that case, 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 the 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 the Hardware tab and then go to Device Manager.
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