8 ways to open the Device Manager in Windows (all versions)

Device Manager is a handy Windows 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 eight methods that you can use in Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Here are all the ways of starting Device Manager:

1. Open Device Manager using search (all versions of Windows)

If you use Windows 10, use the search box near the Start button. Then, type the “device” or “device manager” and click or tap the appropriate search result. Alternatively, you can tell Cortana to “Open Device Manager,” and she will do that for you.

If you are using Windows 7, open the Start Menu and search for “device” or “device manager.” Then, click the Device Manager search result.

In Windows 8.1, the fastest way to open the Device Manager is to search for it. Switch to the Start screen and start typing the word “device.” Then, click or tap the Device Manager result.

2. Open Device Manager from the Command Prompt (all versions of Windows)

If you prefer the Command Prompt (also known as CMD), first open it as administrator. If you do not know how, read this tutorial: 10 ways to launch the Command Prompt in Windows.

Then, in the Command Prompt window, type one of these two commands and press Enter: devmgmt.msc or mmc devmgmt.msc.

Both commands work just as well.

3. Use the Control Panel to access Device Manager (all versions of Windows)

There are many ways to open the Device Manager using the Control Panel. One of them is to open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound. Then, click or tap the Device Manager link under Devices and Printers. You can see it highlighted in the screenshot below.

4. Use the Run window (all versions of Windows)

Open the Run window (press Windows+R on the keyboard), type devmgmt.msc and press Enter or click OK.

Another command that you can type inside the Run window is: control hdwwiz.cpl.

5. Start Device Manager from the WinX menu (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1)

If you use Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, press Windows+X on the keyboard, to open the WinX menu. You can also right-click the Start button for the same result.

You can find the Device Manager shortcut in this menu.

6. Use the Control Panel to start Device Manager (all versions of Windows)

There is a second 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.

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

7. Use our Device Manager shortcut (all versions of Windows)

We have created the most extensive collection of shortcuts for Windows. Download it, extract it and you will find the Device Manager shortcut in the Hardware and Sound sub-folder for your Windows version.

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

8. Use Device Manager from Computer Management (all versions of Windows)

Device Manager is also found inside another Windows tool, named Computer Management. It is in the column on the left side of this tool, under “Computer Management -> System Tools -> Device Manager.”

To open Computer Management, first, open the Control Panel and go to “System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.”

Which method do you prefer for opening the Device Manager?

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.