- Published on Friday, 26 October 2012 06:57
The Device Manager is a Control Panel applet in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It allows users to view
and control the hardware.Device Manager is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that provides
a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed in a computer.
A disabled device has either been manually disabled by a user or by some way of error. In Windows 7, this is
denoted by a grey downward pointing arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the device's icon, or a red X
in some older versions of Microsoft Windows.
Hardware not working properly
Hardware may not work properly for a multitude of reasons. If Windows recognizes a problem with a device,
it is denoted by a black exclamation point (!) on a yellow triangle in the lower right-hand corner of the device's
Hardware not recognized
Hardware may not be recognized if it is not installed properly or not compatible with your system. This is
denoted by a yellow question mark in place of the device's icon.
Device Manager Availability:
Device Manager is available in nearly every Microsoft Windows version including Windows 8, Windows 7,
Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, and more.
Note: Even though Device Manager is available in almost every Windows operating system version, some
small differences do exist from one Windows version to the next.