Open Device Manager to Change device Settings

Device Manager is an app under control panel through which you can view information of devices such as device type, manufacturer, driver details, device description, and event when its changed. You can update driver, disable device and uninstall device.

These system changes are normally made by the administrators and not a standard user. If you haven’t opened device manager as an administrator then you can only view the settings, you won’t be allowed to make any changes.

Open Device Manager as an Administrator

Following are the quick steps to open Device Manager as an administrator:

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32.
  • Search for devmgmt.msc. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.

Then it will open as admin.

Open Device Manager to Display Devices information

Using Start Menu

  • Right-click on the Start menu.
  • Select “Device Manager” from the list of results.

Quick Access Menu

  • Press Windows key + X simultaneously.
  • Click on Device Manager.

From Control Panel

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Click on Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
  • Select Device Manager.

Via Run

  • Press Windows key + R to open run dialog box.
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” in the box.
  • Click on OK.

With Windows Search Box

  • Type “Device Manager” in the search box on the taskbar.
  • Press Enter.

Using the Command Prompt

  • Press Windows + R key.
  • Type “cmd” and Enter OK.
  • Then, in the command prompt type “start devmgmt.msc”.
  • Hit Enter.

Features of Device Manager works

Here is a quick explanation of how Device-Manager functions:

  • Device detection: When you plug in or connect a hardware device to your computer, Windows recognizes it during startup process.
  • Device Enabling/Disabling: You have the option to enable or disable devices. This can be helpful for managing power use or troubleshooting.
  • Device Uninstallation: You have the option of uninstalling any devices that are no longer required or are causing problems.
  • Device Properties: You can access all the detailed information about a specific device by right-clicking on it and selecting “Properties.”
  • Device Listing: It displays a list of the discovered devices under each category. It shows the name of the device, its condition and other essential details.
  • Device Categorization: It classifies discovered devices into groups such Display Adapters, Network Adapters, Sound, Video, and Game Controllers, among others.
  • Driver Loading: Driver is required for hardware device to work properly. Windows attempts to find and load the appropriate driver for the connected device.
  • Driver Updates: Updates to device drivers are possible through Device Manager.
  • Scan for Hardware Changes: It has the ability to check for fresh hardware updates.
  • Administrative Access: Some Device-Manager require administrative rights. To make some modifications, users might need to open Device Manager as an administrator.
  • Troubleshooting: It is a utility for troubleshooting hardware-related issues. To fix problems, users can check for conflicts, update drivers, and take additional actions.

Use Device Manager to Change Device settings

  • Open Device Manager.
    Press Windows key, search for “Device Manager,” and click to open.
  • View Devices.
    Click the arrows to expand the device categories shown in the “View Devices” section.
  • Check Device Status.
    Red “X” (disabled/not working), yellow triangle (issue), or green icon (operating properly).
  • Update Drivers.
    Right-click on a problematic device and select “Update driver.”
  • Disable/Uninstall Devices.
    To uninstall or disable a device, use the right-click menu.
    Uninstall removes device and drivers; disable stops device temporarily.
  • Roll Back Drivers.
    If driver update caused issues, right-click device, choose “Properties,” go to “Driver” tab, and click “Roll Back Driver” if available.
  • View Device Properties.
    To view specific details, right-click on a device and select “Properties”.
  • Scan for Hardware Changes.
    Click “Action,” then “Scan for hardware changes” to find out whether any devices have been added or removed.
  • Access Advanced Settings.
    In device’s “Properties” window, explore tabs for advanced settings specific to the device.

How Device Manager helps Us?

  1. Change the hardware configuration.
  2. Change and retrieve hardware drivers.
  3. Identifying hardware device incompatibilities among those plugged into the system.
  4. Disable any troublesome drivers you find.
  5. Display the hardware information such as the device manufacturer, model number, classification device, and more.