Enable Hardware using Device Manager

Discuss the method to enable hardware using Device Manager.

Device Manager refers to an extension of Microsoft Management Console. It is useful in providing a central as well as organized view of all Microsoft Windows recognized hardware. Device Manager window is integrated in the system to display all devices and driver components. It is the best solution for complete view into the system hardware. It is useful in managing Windows hardware and provides a solution to enable or disable hardware in the system. You can use Device Manager to identify compatibility and operability issues and can perform other hardware maintenance tasks in the system.

Following are some notes on enabling hardware using Device Manager:

  • Functions of Device Manager

  • Access Device Manager

  • Enable hardware

Functions of Device Manager

Device Manager is useful in managing the hardware devices installed in the system. These hardware include keyboards, USB devices, mouse, hard disc drives and sound cards etc. It can be used to change the hardware configuration option. You can manage different hardware in the system with the help of Device Manager. It is also useful in identifying conflicts between different hardware devices installed in the system. Device Manager acts as the master list of hardware which Windows understands. The feature is useful in configuring all hardware from a centralized location.

Access Device Manager

To enable hardware using Device Manager, you need to access Device Manager first. To do this, you need to log on as an administrator user in the system. You need to then access My Computer from the Start Menu. Then right click 'My Computer' option and select 'Manage' option. You can then select the 'Device Manager' option. Device Manager will be opened with all installed hardware in the system.

Enable hardware

To enable the hardware using Device Manager, you need to access the hardware first. To do this, you need to open Device Manager and then select the hardware device to be enabled. You can do this by navigating through hardware categories by clicking the [+] icon. You need to then right click on the hardware's name or icon and select 'Properties' option. You need to then locate 'Device usage' and change the Device usage option to 'Use the device'. Finally, click 'OK' and get the hardware enabled.

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