Chapter 5: Customizing Your Computer’s Hardware Devices
You can disable a device through the operating system by completing the following
1. In Device Manager, right-click the device you want to work with and then select
2. When prompted to confirm the action, as shown in Figure 5-24, click Yes.
3. If you later want to enable a previously disabled device, you can do so by right-
clicking the device in Device Manager and then selecting Enable.
Windows Vista’s comprehensive diagnostics framework can detect and diagnose
automatically many common problems with hardware devices. When Windows
diagnostics detects a problem, Windows Vista displays a Problem Reports and Solu-
tions balloon telling you there is a problem. If you click this balloon, Windows Vista
should open the Problem Reports and Solutions console, which can help you resolve
If you suspect a device isn’t working properly, you can check Device Manager to ver-
ify whether the device is working properly. For malfunctioning devices, you’ll find an
error status code and a suggested resolution for this error status code on the General
tab of the device’s Properties dialog box. In Device Manager, right-click the device
you want to work with and then select Properties to view the error details.
You can resolve most hardware device problems by reinstalling the device driver.
You can reinstall the driver for a device with a warning or error status by completing
the following steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click System and Maintenance.
3. Scroll down and then click Device Manager.
4. In Device Manager, right-click the device you want to work with and then select
Figure 5-24. Confirming that you want to disable the device