Features of Windows® Device Manager
What is a device manager? If the device manager is present in Windows, what benefits can you avail yourself of?
Device Manager in a system is the component which helps the user to know about the hardware configurations and the way the hardware devices communicate with each of the applications. Using the Device Manager, the administrator of a system can perform various actions such as updating drivers or software for hardware devices, changing hardware settings, and troubleshooting problems. Device Manager is an addition to the Microsoft Management Console that provides a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows documented hardware parts installed in a system. Device Manager could be used for changing hardware configuration options, running drivers, disabling and enabling hardware, identifying conflicts between hardware devices, and much more. The administrator and the user could access the device manager through different ways. To open the Device Manager in your system, you need to open the 'Control Panel' and then select 'System' and 'Maintenance'. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide the confirmation.
Following are the important benefits of having Device Manager in Windows systems:
- Provide hardware details
- Deliver updated drivers
- Enable/disable hardware
Provide hardware details
The Device Manager in the system can be used to provide the hardware details of the system. If the user wants to find any of the drivers to the devices in the system, they could access the proper device details from the device manager. It provides proper details about the connection of the hardware in the system and the configuration details about the devices in the system. It also provides details about the way in which the a hardware interacts with other hardware in the system.
Deliver updated drivers
Drivers are an important part of the system. These drivers establish a communication between a device and the Operating System. If the system does not provide any of the proper drivers, you might not be able to work properly. Device manager helps you access proper drivers for the system. It also helps you install updated drivers to the system. It will help you avoid the possibility of incompatibility issues.
With the help of the Device Manager in a system, you could enable or disable the hardware device in the system. For this, you just need to launch the Device Manager through 'My Computer'. You could also access through the 'Hardware' option in 'My Computer properties'.
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