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What is Device Manager?

Device Manager

Device Manager is an OS feature that allows you to view and change the properties of all devices attached to your computer. It is present in both Windows and Macintosh PC platforms. Windows2000 is available with an enhanced device manager capable of detecting plug-and-play hardware and displaying a large list of supported hardware.

The Device Manager window divides all the devices on your computer into different categories. To locate a particular device, click the arrow next to its category. This action will expand that category, listing all its devices. This should be followed by double-clicking a particular device to view its status, properties, and driver information.

The device manager allows users to:

  • Disable or enable most devices
  • Retrieve and install device drivers
  • Ignore selected devices when/if they malfunction
  • View properties for each hardware device, such as model, type of device, manufacturer, etc.

Device Manager Definition

The Device Manager is a Control Panel applet inside Windows operating systems since its introduction with Windows 95. It is used for viewing and managing all the hardware devices installed on a computer, such as sound cards, keyboards, USB devices, hard drives, and so on.

How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10, 8 and 7

Opening Device Manager via Control Panel

Control Panel will be available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen, based on the Windows version. In Windows 8 and 10, go for the X key and the Power User Menu- press the WIN (Windows) key together.

Usually, Control Panel is available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen based on your version of Windows.

  • For Windows 7 click System and Security, and for Windows 10 and 8 click on the Hardware and Sound link.
  • Check under Devices and Printers in Windows 8 and 10, and under System in Windows 7, you will find Device Manager.
  • After opening Device Manager, you will be able to view device status, update device drivers, disable or enable devices or execute hardware management.

Opening Device Manager via Command Prompt

It is also possible to open the Device Manager by using Command Prompt, in any version of Windows, through its run command, devmgmt.msc. This is indeed useful in specific circumstances, for instance, when your system has an issue that prevents normal functioning or when your mouse doesn't work.

In all versions of Windows, Device Management is also available via Computer Management. Computer Management is part of Administrative Tools.

Where is the Device Manager on My Laptop?

In the Classic look for Windows Vista, follow the steps below to view the Device Manager on a laptop:

  • Click the Start button
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Click a Device Manager icon

In the new Vista style, follow these steps:

  • Click the Start button
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Click Hardware and Sound→Device Manager

In Windows XP, follow these steps:

  • Click the Start button
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Choose the System icon
  • Choose the Hardware tab
  • Click the Device Manager button

Where can I find the Device Manager on My Computer?

Given below are steps that will help you to find the Device Manager in each of the major versions of Windows.

Windows 10

  • Press the Windows key + X or right-click on Start to open the Power User Menu.
  • Select Device Manager in the menu.
  • (Note) In Windows 10, it is also possible to access the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Windows button (the Start button) in the lower left corner of the Desktop screen or by pressing the Windows Key + X on the keyboard. In the menu that opens, click Device Manager.

Windows 8

  • From the Windows Start Screen, type device manager. Or on the Desktop screen, you can press the Windows key + C key on your keyboard to open the Charms menu.
  • Click Settings and then click the Device Manager icon.
  • (Note) In Windows 8.1, you can also access the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Windows button (the Start button) in the lower left corner of the Desktop screen. Click Device Manager in the menu that opens.

Windows Vista and 7

  • Click on the Start Orb.
  • In the Start Menu Search box, type device manager and press enter.

Windows 2003

  • Open the Administrative Tools in Control Panel.
  • Within the Administrative Tools, click Computer Management.

Microsoft Windows XP and 2000

  • On the desktop or in the Start Menu, right-click on My Computer and select Properties.
  • Click the Hardware tab in the System Properties window.
  • Click the Device Manager button on the Hardware tab.


  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Double-click the Systems icon in the Control Panel.
  • Click the Hardware tab in the System Properties window.
  • On the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, and ME

  • On the desktop, right-click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Click the Device Manager tab.


  • Open the Control Panel
  • Double-click the Systems icon in the Control Panel.
  • Click on the Device Manager tab.

How do I use Android Device Manager?

The Android Device Manager will help track a lost Android device. You can also make the phone ring, set a new lock password, or erase it completely if it has gone for good. This service has been enabled by default in most of the new Android devices, but in the case of older devices you may have to manually set it up.

Usage of the Android Device Manager is divided into two parts. The first part talks about enabling a device and the second part focuses on tracking and managing a device.

Enabling a Device

1. Install Google Play Services.
2. Sign in with your Google account on your Android device.
3. Enable your location services.

  • Open the Settings app and tap "Location".
  • Ensure that the slider is toggled.
  • Set the mode to "High accuracy" for the most accurate location results.s

4. Open the Google Settings app that will allow you to adjust your Android Device Manager settings for the device.

  • Tap "Security" in the "Services" section.
  • Ensure that "Remotely locate this device" is checked. This will enable Android Device Manager to locate the device and display it on the map.
  • Ensure that "Allow remote lock and erase" is checked as well. This will allow you to protect your data in case the device is stolen or lost.

5. Open the Settings app on your device and check the administrator permissions for remote lock and erase to enable Android Device Manager.

  • Select "Security" from the Settings menu.
  • Scroll down and tap "Device administrators".
  • Ensure that "Android Device Manager" is checked.

Tracking and Managing Devices

1. Open the Android Device Manager to track and manage your devices. The Android Device Manager can be assessed via two different ways (Android Device Manager website or Android Device Manager app).

2. Select your device. If you have several Android devices linked to your account, you will be able to select which one you want to track and manage by just clicking the name of the active device and then selecting the one you want from the menu.

3. Locate your device on the map. You will be able to track your device on the map if you have enabled location services on the device. The map should be moderately accurate if your device has a GPS signal. If the Android Device Manager fails to detect the exact location, it will display a circle highlighting that the device should be somewhere within that circle. With this, you will be able to track down the exact location by retracing your steps.

4. Ring your device. If you are trying to find your device from some closer location, you can set it to ring by clicking the "Ring" button. Your device will ring at full volume until the device is unlocked or for just five minutes.

5. Lock your device with a new password by clicking the "Lock" button. You will have to enter this new password to unlock the device. You can also set a message that will be displayed on the device's screen.

6. Erase your device by clicking the "Erase" button. This will erase all the data and the settings if in case your device is stolen or lost forever. By clicking this button, a factory reset will be performed on the device. If the device is offline, then the resetting process will commence when the device comes online again.

Benefits of Device Manager

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) is considered to be extremely important from the security perspective.
  • Works as a centralized utility from which all the hardware on a system can be configured.
  • Supplies a central and organized view of all hardware- Microsoft Windows-recognized hardware- installed on a system.
  • Enables managing all hardware devices installed on a system; this includes hard disk drives, US devices, keyboards etc.
  • Helps change hardware configuration options, enable or disable hardware, identify conflicts between hardware devices, manage drivers etc.
  • The MDM software aids the IT department of any organization in troubleshooting. This program can be used by IT professionals to troubleshoot common problems whenever they occur instead of worrying about dealing with a host of separate problems in a simultaneous manner.
  • An MDM system allows a company to insert into devices apps that could assist the company in executing its business activities in a more effective manner.

Why Comodo Device Manager?

Since 1998, Comodo has been in business and has proved to become a leading provider of internet security products for all organizations. Comodo MDM supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), a policy that allows employees to use their own devices for enterprise work. Employing BYOD has benefits like enhancing employee satisfaction and morale and enabling the enterprise to save on investment in devices.

BYOD is currently a growing trend throughout the whole world. It helps companies in saving cost by allowing employees to use their personal devices for work instead of investing in buying systems and devices. However, securing such devices by investing in individual solutions for every single device was expensive and difficult. With Comodo’s device management software, all this can be centralized, thus cutting down on costs to a great extent.

Comodo MDM prevents external entities and cybercriminals from accessing devices linked to a company network, thus playing a major role in securing data. Additionally, Comodo MDM helps add passwords, erase data if a device is lost or stolen and get alerts on the presence of jailbroken or rooted devices. An extremely secure cloud storage is also guaranteed by Comodo MDM.

The following benefits are provided by Comodo Device Manager:

  • Deploy and manage security policies for mobile devices and Windows endpoints from a single console.
  • Comodo’s containment technology can auto-sandbox unknown malware onsite in a virtual environment with minimum resource usage.
  • Robust reporting presents a real-time view into critical endpoint and device metrics.
  • View and alter installed applications, endpoint and device processes, and services with powerful system management capabilities.
  • Comodo’s layered security platform is one package comprising of cloud and on-premise technologies to ensure that each device and endpoint is protected with the best combination of web URL filtering, FLS, firewall, viruscope, antivirus, and auto-sandboxing malware in containment.

CMDM 3.0 is available with the new features listed below:

  • Fast enrollment
    Rapidly import mobile devices and endpoints separately or through LDAP and Active Directory
  • Secure enrollment
    Authenticate users with a one-time password and/or with a user's Active Directory/LDAP credentials
  • OTA enrollment
    Over-the-Air enrollment of mobile devices
  • Immediate control
    Enforcement of default profile means endpoints and devices can be securely managed immediately after enrollment
  • Instant security
    Run an automatic scan immediately after enrollment in order to ensure the safety of data on endpoints and devices.