How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10

The Device Manager in Windows 10 is a pretty powerful and useful tool; that allows users to find unknown hardware devices, update drivers, disable hardware components from inside your computer, and more. Whether checking for hardware issues, re-installing drivers, or more, opening the Device Manager in Windows 10 could be difficult if one already doesn’t know about it. In this post, I will guide you on How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10 in various ways.

How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10

How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10

There is a mixture of methods that could be used for pulling up the device manager in Windows 10. Here’s the list of all the methods we will be following to accomplish the task.

  1. Using Search Box
  2. Via Run Dialog
  3. Via Power Menu
  4. Using Control Panel
  5. Using Command Prompt
  6. Via Computer Management

You will need admin permission to perform some of the actions in Device Manager.

1] Open the Device Manager using Search Box

Open Device Manager in Windows 10 using Start Box

The Search Box can be used to search files across the drive and could be used to perform our required function. To open the Device Manager via the Search Box, bring up the start search box by either clicking the ‘Windows’ Logo or clicking on it.

Next, Searching for Device Manager would bring up the Device Manager as the main result. Tap on the required application, and you are good to go.

2] Using Run Dialog

How to Open Device Manager using Run Dialog

The Run Run Dialog is regularly used by a lot of users to launch applications or a specified location quickly. We could also use the Run Dialog in this case. Here’s how:

Quickly launch the Run Dialog by pressing the Win + R button at the same time or head over to the search box and open it via there. Next, in the Run Dialog type in devmgmt.msc, mmc, devmgmt.msc, or control hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter to run it.

3] Open Device Manager Using Power Menu

Open Device Manager using Power Menu

The Power Menu was introduced with Windows 8 and could be used to access multiple settings with a single click of a button. And the same can be used to open the Device Manager as well. Here’s how it can be done:

Firstly, Place your cursor at the Windows Logo on the bottom left corner, then make a single right-click or (Win + X) to open the Power User Menu. From here, select the option stating Device Manager.

4] Using the Contol Panel

Control Panel Options

The Control Panel houses a lot of different settings and options as well; and the Device Manager on Windows 10 could also be accessed via the Control Panel. Start by opening the Control Panel first, at the top right corner in the search box search for Device Manager. In the results, under Devices and Printers, you’ll find the result for the Device Manager click on it, and you’re good to go.

5] Using Command Prompt/Windows Powershell

Open Device Manager using Command Prompt

While the Command Prompt is usually used for executing queries and commands, here’s how you can use it to complete our required function of opening the Device Manager in Windows 10.

Open the Command Prompt or a Windows Powershell shell in Windows, and the command line, type in devmgmt.msc, mmc, devmgmt.msc or control hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter to execute the query. With this, the Device Manager should be up and running on your machine.

6] Using Computer Management

Computer Management Shortcut

Windows also offers an additional tool named Computer Management which houses tools required to manage your computer. Additionally, it can also be used to bring up the Device Manager in Windows 10, here’s how to do so:

Bring up the Computer Management tool either using the Start Search Box or any other method, navigate to Computer Management -> System Tools -> and choose Device Manager.

With that said, which method do you prefer to open the Device Manager in Windows 10 and why? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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