- 1 How to Open Device Manager in Windows 11 / Windows 10 via Keyboard Shortcut
- 2 How to Open Device Manager via the Tools Menu
- 3 How to Open Device Manager from Search in Windows 11 or Windows 10
- 4 How to Get to Device Manager via Settings
- 5 How to Get to Windows 11 Device Manager via the Control Panel
- 6 How to Open Device Manager from Run in Windows 11 / Windows 10
- 7 How to Get to Windows 11 Device Manager from File Explorer
- 8 How to Launch Device Manager from Command Prompt
- 9 How to Open Device Manager with the PowerShell Device Manager Command
- 10 Extra: How to Backup and Restore Windows Drivers
Device Manager is an important tool that most users will need at one point or another. As a result, it's vital that you know how to open Device Manager in Windows 11 and 10 quickly and effectively. We'll be showing you several easy ways to do so today so that you can decide which suits you.
What is Device Manager?
Device Manager is a component of Windows 11, 10, and earlier Microsoft OSes that allows users to view and make modifications to the hardware on their computer. It's most commonly utilized for driver management – whether it's installing, updating, or replacing them.
There are numerous ways to open it, from keyboard shortcut to the hidden tools menu, Command Prompt, Run, PowerShell, and more. We'll be showing you the most relevant ones today. Keep in mind that all of the methods we show below both work to open Device Manager in Windows 11 and in Windows 10.
How to Open Device Manager in Windows 11 / Windows 10 via Keyboard Shortcut
The fastest way to navigate your computer often involves keeping both of your hands on the keyboard. We can do this quite easily using the following Device Manager shortcut:
How to Open Device Manager via the Tools Menu
Alternatively, you can use a combination of the tools menu and your mouse. As you can press the shortcut to open the tools menu while keeping your hand on the mouse, you may find this is more convenient for you.
How to Open Device Manager from Search in Windows 11 or Windows 10
Sometimes it's best not to complicate things. Getting to Device Manager via the search menu is slightly slower than using a shortcut, but it is much easier to remember.
How to Get to Device Manager via Settings
If the other methods aren't working for you or you just prefer the old fashioned way, you can get to Device Manager through your trusty settings menu:
How to Get to Windows 11 Device Manager via the Control Panel
If you want to be even more oldschool, you can also acces Device Manager via the legacy Control Panel app:
How to Open Device Manager from Run in Windows 11 / Windows 10
Another easy way to access Windows 11 Device Manager (or Windows 10 for that matter) is via the run dialog. Here's how you can access it quickly:
How to Get to Windows 11 Device Manager from File Explorer
If all else fails, you can manually navigate to the Device Manager tool via File Explorer and run it straight from its folder. Here's how to find it:
How to Launch Device Manager from Command Prompt
If you don't have GUI access you can open Device Manager from CMD with a very simple command. The Windows 11 Device Manager command is as follows:
How to Open Device Manager with the PowerShell Device Manager Command
If you prefer PowerShell over Command Prompt, that's no problem – you can run Device Manager from there too. Here's how:
Extra: How to Backup and Restore Windows Drivers
If you find Windows is using generic drivers for a device that previously had a specialized one, or that a driver is broken after an update, a restore could be your best option. We're going to show you how to backup and restore your device drivers in Windows 10 or Windows 11 so you have a fallback.