Managing Your Hardware with Device Manager

Windows XP stores all its hardware data in the registry, but it provides the Device Manager to give you a graphical view of the devices on your system. To display the Device Manager, first use either of the following techniques:

  • Launch Control Panel’s System icon.

  • Right-click My Computer and select Properties on the shortcut menu.

In the System Properties dialog box that appears, select the Hardware tab and then click Device Manager.


A quick way to go directly to the Device Manager snap-in is to select Start, Run, enter devmgmt.msc, and click OK. Note, too, that you can select the System Properties dialog box quickly by pressing .

Device Manager’s default display is a treelike outline that lists various ...

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