Using the "Device Manager" to figure out what your computer has...


Using the Device Manager to find out what components your computer has...


This question was answered on November 3, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To find the listing of devices that your computer "thinks" it has, you can use the Device Manager.

To view what your computer has, right-click on your "My Computer" icon then select "Properties" When the System Properties window comes up, the General tab shows you the version of Windows as well as the Processor type and amount of RAM it sees To view the specific components installed on your system, click on the Device Manager tab at the top.

To view the specifics of the devices, click on the plus sign next to the category Once the items are exposed, you can double-click on any of them to view the specific properties of each of the devices.

While viewing the Properties of a specific device, click on the "Driver" tab then on the "Driver File Details" button to display the driver version and provider This is helpful when you are attempting to upgrade a specific driver.

If you see a yellow or red dot next to any component, it typically means that the device is not available or is not configured properly If you find one but are not experiencing any specific problems, do not attempt to make any changes unless you know exactly what you are doing!


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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on November 3, 2000