Device Manager

Device manager is an inbuilt tool which is provided by Windows operating system to facilitate you with a graphical representation of all the available hardware devices on your computer. It even allows you to configure the hardware’s functionality in your computer. Device manager was introduced in Windows 95 and is nearly available in every version of Windows operating system. It was then named as “Microsoft Management Console” in NT based Windows operating system.

You can use the device manager in following ways

  • To identify whether a hardware on your computer is working correctly or not
  • You can identify if the drivers are installed for every devices and can even get a detailed information about each device driver
  • Modify advanced setting and properties of devices
  • In order to enable or disable the devices depending on the requirement
  • Recognize device conflicts and configure the resource settings manually
  • Summary of all the installed devices can be obtained and you can even take a print of it
  • Drivers of the device can be updated or rolled back

Usually device manager is used for checking the status of hardware and to check if the device drivers are up to date. However, it is always recommended to have thorough knowledge and understanding on hardware devices before performing any diagnostic setting using device manager.

One can access the Device manager in several ways; it can be opened from control panel and even by command prompt. In order to access device manager you must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of administrators group to perform any modification of device. Device manager can be used to handle or manage devices on local computer, but when it is used in remote computer it will be in read only mode i.e. you will not be allowed to modify any setting on that computer.

Caution: Normally resource setting are allocated automatically, but imperfect resource setting using device manager can make a huge impact on the normal functionality of your computer. Therefore it is always suggested to have perfect knowledge on hardware devices before performing any action on it.

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