Device Manager is a useful feature in Windows that gives you a list of all the hardware components that are installed on your computer. It also provides you with the ability to manually update the drivers that are needed in order to ensure that hardware components, such as printers, mice, and sound cards, continue to work effectively by allowing for communication between them and the operating system.
How to Open Device Manager
Windows provides several ways through which you can open Device Manager. The easiest of these, in Windows 10, is by pressing on the Windows icon that is on your keyboard while, at the same time, pressing on the key “R”. This action brings up the windows “Run” utility. Type the words “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press “enter” on your keyboard and you will be taken to Device Manager.
You can also open Device Manager by typing “devmgmt.msc” in Command Prompt or by right-clicking on the Windows icon that is on the bottom left corner of your screen and selecting “Device Manager.”
Identifying Driver Errors in Device Manager
The great thing about the Device Management utility is that it allows you to identify the hardware components that are having driver compatibility issues that need to be fixed. In fact, Device Manager is where you should begin when attempting to diagnose problems with hardware on your PC.
The Yellow Exclamation Mark
So, how can you tell if there are problems with any of your computer’s drivers? The answer is that a yellow exclamation mark appears at the beginning of the name of each of the hardware items whose drivers need to be fixed.
How to Fix Drivers in Device Manager
Windows provides a way for you to fix driver errors through the Device Management utility. All that you need to do is right-click on the driver in question and select “Update Driver Software.” You will be asked, once you have done this, whether or not you wish to have the updating process automatically handled by Windows, in which case your computer will look for the latest drivers on the internet or whether you have already downloaded the drivers and wish to make the update from a location on your computer.
Right-clicking on the drivers in Device Manager also brings up the option to uninstall the driver in question. This is another of the ways through which you can resolve driver issues. You need not worry about permanently deleting a useful driver since Windows automatically reinstalls the uninstalled driver the next time you restart your computer.
A Better Way: Scan, Review, and Update Drivers Using DriverAssist
Manually updating drivers through Device Manager is hardly practical. That is why we recommend that you use DriverAssist, a light-weight device driver management utility that is made by SafeBytes. DriverAssist comes with Driver Intelligence and is able to detect and fix all driver errors on your computer. Above all, it helps forestall future problems by ensuring that each and every driver that is on your PC is kept up to date. SafeBytes is a Microsoft Accredited Partner, which means that its driver management utility is safe to use on your computer.