10 ways to open the Device Manager in Windows 10

Device Manager is a useful tool that allows you to do things like: find unknown hardware devices, update drivers, disable hardware components from inside your computer, and so on. To use it, you must first know how to open it. To help you, we have compiled ten methods that you can use to open the Device Manager in Windows 10, including using commands, shortcuts, and search. Here they are:

Preamble: The Device Manager can be viewed by standard users but can be used only by administrators

In Windows 10, you can open and view the information in Device Manager regardless of what type of user account you use. However, you can only work with the devices, change their properties, or add or remove devices if you have a user account with administrative rights. If you want to run Device Manager as admin, then use an administrator account; otherwise, Windows 10 warns you that "You can view device settings in Device Manager, but you must be logged on as an administrator to make changes."

Opening the Device Manager in Windows 10 using a standard user account

Before we show you all the methods we know for opening the Device Manager, here's what it looks like so that you know what to expect:

The Device Manager from Windows 10

1. Open the Device Manager using Windows 10 search

One of the fastest ways to run Device Manager in Windows 10 is by using the search box near the Start button. In it, type "device" or "device manager" and click or tap on the appropriate search result.

Searching for the Device Manager

2. Start the Device Manager using Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell commands

If you prefer command-line environments, first open PowerShell or Command Prompt (also known as CMD). Then, in PowerShell's or Command Prompt's window, type one of these three commands and press Enter: devmgmt.msc, mmc devmgmt.msc, or control hdwwiz.cpl.

Device Manager commands

All these Device Manager commands work the same.

3. Launch the Device Manager using Run commands

Open the Run window (simultaneously press Windows + R on your keyboard), and then type one of these three commands in its Open field: devmgmt.msc, mmc devmgmt.msc, or control hdwwiz.cpl in its Open field.

Run Device Manager

Press Enter or click or tap on OK, and the Device Manager opens immediately.

4. Open the Device Manager using the WinX menu

Open the WinX menu by simultaneously pressing the Windows + X keys on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can also right-click the Start button for the same result. Then, click or tap on the Device Manager shortcut.

Opening the Device Manager from WinX

5. Run the Device Manager from Control Panel's Devices and Printers section

If you like the old-style Control Panel, open it and navigate to its Hardware and Sound settings category. Then, click or tap the Device Manager link found under Devices and Printers.

Device Manager shortcut in Control Panel

6. Open the Device Manager from the Control Panel, using its icons view

There is also another method of accessing the Device Manager using the Control Panel. After you open the Control Panel, click "View by Category" in the top-right corner.

In the menu that opens, choose Large icons or Small icons, depending on what you prefer.

Icons view in Control Panel

You are shown a list of shortcuts, and one of them is Device Manager. Click on it.

Device Manager shortcut in the icons view from Control Panel

7. Open the Device Manager using our Device Manager shortcut

We have created the most extensive collection of shortcuts for Windows. Download it, extract it, and you find the Device Manager shortcut in the Windows 10 -> Hardware and Sound subfolder.

A Device Manager shortcut created by Digital Citizen

Place this shortcut where you want to have it and use it as often as you need.

8. Use the Device Manager from Computer Management

You can access the Device Manager from inside another Windows 10 tool, named Computer Management. Open Computer Management and, in the navigation pane on the left, select Device Manager under "Computer Management -> System Tools -> Device Manager."

The Device Manager in Computer Management

9. Launch the Device Manager by asking Cortana to do it for you

If you've enabled Cortana and like using her as your virtual assistant, you can ask her directly to open the Device Manager for you. Click or tap on its button from the taskbar or say "Hey Cortana," and then use your voice to tell her to "Open Device Manager."

Asking Cortana to open the Device Manager

10. Open Device Manager from This PC

The last method we know is based on using This PC. Open File Explorer and, on the navigation pane from its left side, right-click (or tap and hold) on This PC. Then, click or tap on Manage in the contextual menu that shows up.

The Manage option from the right-click menu of This PC

The previous action opens Computer Management. All you have to do next is select Device Manager on the left side of the window.

Device Manager in Computer Management

Neat, right?

Which method for opening the Device Manager do you prefer?

Now you know several methods for accessing the Device Manager. Try them out and let us know which is your favorite. Also, if you know other ways of opening the Device Manager, do not hesitate to share them in a comment below. We promise to update this guide based on your feedback.