How To Start/Open Windows Device Manager?

Windows Device Manager is a tool used to manage connected computing devices and hardware. Windows Device Manager can be opened in different ways like via Control Panel, PowerShell, or Windows Run.

What Is Windows Device Manager?

Windows Device Manager can be used for different things like below. Windows Device Manager is the main tool used to manage hardware and related firmware in a Windows system. It is especially used to install and uninstall drivers for different hardware and components.

Windows Device Manager
  • List computer hardware
  • List computer parts
  • Install devices/hardware drivers
  • Uninstall devices/hardware drivers
  • Update devices/hardware drivers
  • Display devices/hardware drivers
  • Scan for devices/hardware changes

Open Device Manager via Start Menu

The device manager can be easily opened via the Start Menu. This is the most practical way to open the Windows Device Manager. Click the Start Menu and then type “device manager“. Click on the Device Manager.

Open Device Manager via Start Menu

Open Device Manager via Windows Run

Windows Run is a practical way to run different commands. The Device Manager can be opened by running the “devmgmt.msc” command in Windows run like below. Open Windows Run with the WIN+R keyboard shortcuts.

devmgmt.msc
Open Device Manager via Windows Run

Alternatively the following command can be used to open Device Manager.

control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager

OR

control hdwwiz.cpl

Open Device Manager via MS-DOS Command Line Interface

MS-DOS command line interface can be also used to open the Device Manager. We will use devmgmt.msc command in the command prompt like below.

devmgmt.msc

Open Device Manager via PowerShell

Powershell can be also used to run the devmgmt.msc command which will open the device manager.

devmgmt.msc
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