Device Manager Blank in Windows®
How to fix the device manager blank issue in Windows?
Windows is the most user-friendly Operating System released by Microsoft. Most of the users prefer Windows on their computers as it is so easy to find options and navigate through different utilities. You can change or modify different settings on Windows through Control Panel. Even though there are many editions and versions of Windows, Microsoft has not made major change in the names of default utilities in Windows. So, any user who has used an older version of Windows can easily understand the concept and options in the new version. Device manager is one of the most useful utility in Windows Operating System. This utility displays information about devices connected to your computer and allows you to change the devices settings. Right click on 'My computer', select 'Properties', 'Hardware' and then 'Device Manager'. You can view details of device, enable or disable a device, update or uninstall device driver, etc. through Device Manager. Sometimes, due to various reasons you may find that no devices are displayed in device manager and it is blank or empty.
Following are the reasons for device manager blank issue in Windows based system:
- Plug and play services
- Operating System related issues
- Virus infection
Plug and play services
Each utility or option in Windows run a set of services and if those services are stopped or corrupted, the specific program may not work. Plug and play service in Windows detects devices as soon as they are plugged in and the detected devices are displayed in device manager. If your device manager is blank or empty, you need to check if the plug and play service is running. You can type ‘Services.msc’ in run command to launch service console. You need to look for plug and play services and restart the services if it is running, and enable the service if it is turned off.
Operating System related issues
Operating system related issues can empty the device manager or if the Operating System has frozen due to any reason, the device manager may not display the devices. You may restart the computer and check if the devices are displayed. If they are not displayed, you may have to restore the computer using the system restore utility or repair the Windows using default Operating System repair tool.
You need to keep the computer free from viruses to avoid application issues and file corruption. Virus or malware infection can stop Windows from loading device drivers and the device manager may get blank or empty. So, you need to run a full system scan to check if the computer is infected and get rid of the viruses to resolve this issue.
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