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:

  1. Press “Windows + X”, then “M”

    Pressing Windows + X will open the tools flyout menu, while the M key will automatically select Device Manager and open it.

    Windows 10 - Win+X Quick Link menu

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.

  1. Press “Windows + X” and click “Device Manager”


    Windows 10 - Win + X - Open Device Manager

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.

  1. Press the search icon and type “Device Manager”, then click the top result.


    Windows 10 - Search - Open device Manager

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:

  1. Press “Start” and press the Settings icon

    Alternatively, press “Windows + I” on your keyboard.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Click “System” in the sidebar


    Windows 10 - Settings - Open System

  3. Press the “About” button, then “Device Manager”


    Windows 10 - Settings - System - About - Open Device Manager

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:

  1. Press Start and type “Control Panel”, then click the top result


    Windows 10 - Open Control Panel

  2. Type “Device Manager” in the search box and click the “Device Manager” heading

    The search box is located in the top-right, if you didn’t already know.

    Windows 10 - Control Panel Search for Device Manager

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:

  1. Press Ctrl + R to open Run, type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter

    Device Manager should open immediately.

    Windows 10 - Run - Devmgmt.msc

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:

  1. Open File Explorer, navigate to the system32 folder, and double-click devmgmt.msc

    You can open File Explorer quickly with Windows + E and then paste the following into its address bar:


    Keep pressing “D” on your keyboard until you find “devmgmt.msc” and double-click it to open.

    Windows 10 - File Explorer - System 32 - Devmgmt.msc

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:

  1. Press Start and type “Command Prompt”, then click the top result


    Windows 10 - Open Command Prompt

  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” in Command Prompt and press Enter


    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - Enter the Command Devmgmt.msc

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:

  1. Press “Windows + X” and click “Windows PowerShell”


    Windows 10 - Win+X - Open PowerShell

  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter

    Device Manager will immediately launch.

    Windows 10 - Win+X - PowerShell - Enter the Command - Devmgmt.msc

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.