Microsoft went and hid the device manager.

It’s buried beneath at least 5 separate click events.

Fortunately, it is possible to run the device manager from the Windows command line. (That is, the box that pops up when you hit Start->Run.)

This should save you a lot of clicking around, particularly if you have to access the device manager frequently. (As I do, because my external USB drive doesn’t show up unless I disable then re-enable the USB Mass Storage Device service.)

How to run the Windows Device Manager from the Command Line or Start->Run prompt

  1. Go to Start->Run.
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and hit “OK”
  3. The device manager should now pop-up on your screen