Use Device Manager to explore traditional device driver options like updating, rolling back, uninstalling, and disabling device drivers. View driver events including when the driver was first installed, if it was migrated, when it was originally configured, and the first time it was started.
- [Instructor] Hardware information is ubiquitous throughout the Windows interface. For instance you can open the devices and printers windows shown here to see what's connected to your machine. You can see that I have quite a few things connected. You can type MS info 32, which is short for Microsoft system information in the search window on the task bar to obtain even more details including what resources devices are using and what components are attached.
To work directly with the drivers of these devices though, you'll need to navigate to device manager. You can open device manager in many ways but I prefer to right click on the start button like so and access it from there. You might see that some hardware isn't working properly which is indicated by either a yellow exclamation point or a red x. If you see anything like that double click it. If not just do what I'll do here and double click a network adapter.
There are quite a few tabs here, but don't worry, not all devices have as many tabs as you see here. Take a look at the driver tab. This is where you can update a driver if a device isn't working optimally. And then you can roll it back to the previous driver if the new one doesn't work. You can also disable a device if you don't use it and even uninstall it if it's problematic. Generally on reboot, an uninstalled component will reinstall itself with default settings. This can resolve common configuration problems without any additional input from you.
Under the events tab you can see when the driver was installed or updated. You can see when it was migrated and more. You can review the information here if you suspect someone has made a change that wasn't documented. If you find out that a problematic device was recently updated with a new driver you can opt to roll back the driver to resolve the problem. Now click the power management tab. You can choose to let the device wake the computer or you can let the computer turn off the device to save power when applicable.
If you're having problems with the device waking from sleep or having other power issues take a look here to see if you can change the settings to resolve the problem. Feel free to explore all these tabs as there are several options that you can configure.
- Choosing an upgrade or new installation
- Choosing a Windows 10 edition
- Creating installation media
- Installing Windows 10
- Upgrading Windows 10
- Configuring and managing device drivers
- Configuring the desktop
- Configuring notifications
- Configuring Cortana and Hyper-V
- Provisioning with Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer
- Using Active Directory-based activation