Open Device Manager from the Run dialog box and add it into a Microsoft Management console. interpret data from Device Manager including driver details. Explore advanced options for hardware and configure them appropriately, such as allowing or not allowing a network card to wake your computer. Explore advanced properties for a DVD drive and change the DVD region, which controls which discs can be played on a particular drive.
- [Instructor] You can use Device Manager to uninstall drivers, roll back drivers that didn't work, and disable devices. You can do a lot more too, including exploring advanced options that let you better control how a driver and its device works. One way to open Device Manager is to right-click the Start button and select Device Manager from the list that appears. But you can also type devmgmt.msc in the Search box or at a command prompt.
With Device Manager open, you can access the Properties window for most of the devices installed on your computer. Not all entries here will have the same number of tabs though. Devices that aren't very complex, like mice, will only have a handful of tabs. This dialog box shows General, Driver, Details, and Events. But devices like network adapters will have more tabs. Let's double-click a network adapter to see a few of those.
They include General, Advanced, Driver, Details, Events, Resources, and Power Management. Click the Events tab, and notice what's offered. Here, we have a device install requested and we have dates for when the device was configured and even when it was first started. If you see that a driver was recently installed, you might want to roll it back if you're having problems with it. From 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 a 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. Now let's look a little more closely at the driver itself. Click the Driver tab. You can see here that the driver date for this device is 2015. There might be a newer driver available if this data's more than a year or two old, so if you're having problems, you can try to update the driver here. Click Cancel to close this dialog box, and double-click the entry for your DVD drive.
There's a setting here that's unique to DVDs that you won't find in other driver properties windows. It's the DVD Region tab. Read what it says. It says most DVDs are encoded for a specific reason. And you can change that region if you want. However, it also states that you have to be careful because you can only change the region a limited number of times. You can see here that if I click United States, that's region one on my PC, and it's what I have already selected and configured. If I did need to select a different region, this is where I'd do it.
If you continue to explore, you might find additional unique hidden options in the tabs of specific devices. For example, my external backup drive at home has a tab named Policies, and I can use it to configure how I can remove the drive. There are two options: Quick Removal or Better Performance. Quick Removal disables right caching while Better Performance enables it. If you see printers listed, go ahead and click it. You'll probably see a tab named Settings.
This offers access to your printer's settings options. Printers is the only place in Device Manager I've seen a Settings tab. I don't think many devices offer this option. Unfortunately, all we have here is to open the devices and printers folder. But you might see more on your own computer. For the most part, devices you have access to here will have four tabs: General, Driver, Details, and Events. And you can use those tabs to make changes. It's always fun to see additional tabs though, so take a few minutes before you move on to check out the properties pages for the devices shown in Device Manager and close Device Manager when you're finished.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell