In addition to the Control Panel, Windows has a wide range of tools to manage the computer. Some of these utilities are tied to the operating system software itself. However, others have the ability to set parameters for hardware components. In this last area, the device administrator. Now, what is it and what exactly is this app for?
The following sections answer these and other questions. We will explain to you what is device administrator, how to access it, and what settings it makes available to you. This is a comprehensive guide to help you manage one of the most essential administrative utilities on your computer.
What is Device Manager and what does it do?
The device administrator is a Microsoft Windows operating system tool that allows you to apply settings and control the various hardware components of a PC. It has a very simple interface, with a tree structure that groups computer hardware into different categories.
In addition to collecting all the physical elements of a computer and grouping them together, this utility is able to make some adjustments to it, such as updating the drivers or disabling them. On the other hand, it has the ability to identify new connected devices. In short, this is the place to go if you want to manage the physical part of your computer from the operating system. Out of curiosity, the first time the device administrator it was in Windows 95, a version that came on the market in 1995. So, this tool has been with us for more than 25 years.
How to open device manager
There are several ways to open the device manager in windows. The following sections aim to show you three of the most effective.
Be careful! Do not confuse this tool with the task manager. In the article How to open task manager and how to use it We explain how to access this other utility.
From Windows Search
Use it window search This is one of the easiest methods to access the tool that concerns us in this guide. Follow these steps to do it yourself:
- Press the Windows key and type Device administrator. You can also click on the magnifying glass that you will see on the taskbar or press the keyboard shortcut Windows+S.
- Click on the first result to launch the application.
With the start button context menu
In most versions of Windows, right-clicking the Start button brings up a context menu with relevant shortcuts. Another way to bring up this list is to use the keyboard shortcut Windows+X. In any case, one of the elements that you can select there is, precisely, the Device administrator.
With the Run dialog box
The run dialog is another ally to access this system application. The instructions are extremely simple:
- hurry Windows+R to open the run box.
- In the text field, type the command devmgmt.msc.
- Press Enter to confirm the command.
- Quickly, the device administrator On the screen.
Get started with Device Manager
Well, with the instructions we specified in the previous section, you should already have in front of you the device administrator. The time has come to take the first steps with him.
In the Main Menu you will find the most basic options in this app.
- File, archive. Access to options and a button to exit.
- Stock. All actions applicable to devices, such as updating the driver or uninstalling the component, are available.
- To look at. Go here to change how information is displayed.
- Assistance. Direct access to the help section of the tool.
Just below the top options menu is a ribbon of buttons that provides quick access to some of the typical administrator functions.
Below the menus is the list of devices. The content of it differs on each computer and depends on the hardware included. This causes categories to appear on some PCs that don’t exist on others. For example, in our test team, we have the group biometric devicesas it comes with a fingerprint reader.
Context menu options
Opening a device group and right-clicking on an item displays a menu with some associated options. These are the following:
- Update the driver.
- Turn off the device.
- Uninstall the device.
- Check for hardware changes.
Most of these commands are in the menu Stock that we have analyzed before.
Another very useful field in the device manager is the group Other devices. All hardware components that have not been correctly recognized by Windows are grouped here. This way you will be able to identify them and install the necessary drivers for them to work properly. Once properly implemented in the system, they will be moved to the corresponding group.
Add non-legacy hardware
When it comes to connecting older hardware, which does not support the function plug in and use of Windows, you have the function Add non-legacy hardware. By following the steps in the wizard, you will be more likely to take advantage of the functionality of components designed for older system versions.
Properties of each device
Finally, we must highlight the section on Properties of each device. This data set is displayed in a pop-up window and has the following sections:
- General. Displays generic component information.
- Controller. It gives access to the same options already mentioned, such as updating the driver.
- Details. Very detailed hardware information. This data varies depending on the device.
- events. Log of actions performed with the device.
Everything Windows Device Manager can do for you
After this exhaustive overview of the functions offered by the device administrator, you probably no longer have any doubts about the need for these types of tools. It is true that, when everything is going well on a PC, it is normal not to have recourse to utilities like the one we have analyzed here. But, when problems appear or changes are applied to a computer’s components, having applications like these at your fingertips is a great advantage.
And you, do you usually use the device administrator or rather is it a tool that you use little? Leave us your comments and share your opinion with the community of professional opinions.
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