As the name Implies, the Windows Device Manager, Is a native utility that allows you to view the hardware devices (Inclusive of their drivers) Installed on your computer. You can check whether they're functioning correctly, or If Issues are Identified, you can rollback, uninstall or update the problematic driver. It's a very beneficial tool to keep on hand, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Device Manager shortcut on your desktop.
If you happen to experience loss of functionality and/or stability whilst navigating on your computer, such as Inconsistencies with It's display or your network adapter fails to connect to the Internet, one of the first places to look for problems, Is In Device Manager. It may well be that a device driver Is failing to respond, hence simply updating It via the manufacturer's website, can fix the Issue.
It's good practice to check Device Manager every now and then, to make sure everything Is running fine. Moreover, (where warranted), updating drivers can also help keep your system functioning smoothly. As such, accessing It with a simple click of the mouse on your desktop, Is certainly welcomed and will also serve as a reminder to check It every time you view your desktop Icons.
I will demonstrate how to create a Device Manager shortcut, by using a few simple steps. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.
Firstly, right-click on a blank area on your desktop, and select New > Shortcut as Illustrated below.
Next, In the Type the location of the Item field, enter the following command.
control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager
Then hit Next to move forward.
Now you need to provide a name for your shortcut. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine Windows 10 Tips Device Manager. Click Finish to finalize the process.
And here's the Device Manager shortcut sitting on my computer's desktop. Let's make sure It's functioning correctly, by double-clicking It.
As expected, the Windows Device Manager has executed without error. I can now see exactly what's going on with my PC's hardware devices.
When a hardware device fails to serve It's purpose, provided you can access Device Manager, It's the first place you should look to try and fix the Issue. For example, on one particular occasion, my PC failed to connect to the Internet, whilst every other device on the same network was fine. I simply updated the network card driver to the latest version via the manufacturer's website, and It was back to normal thereafter.
The Device Manager Is a very powerful tool, and keeping It on hand via a shortcut on your desktop, will certainly serve you well.