Device Manager overview
Device Manager provides you with a graphical view of the hardware that is installed on your computer. You can use Device Manager to update the drivers (or software) for hardware devices, modify hardware settings, and troubleshoot problems.
You can use Device Manager to:
You will typically use Device Manager to check the status of your hardware and update device drivers on your computer. Advanced users who have a thorough understanding of computer hardware might also use Device Manager's diagnostic features to resolve device conflicts and change resource settings.
Ordinarily, you will not need to use Device Manager to change resource settings because resources are allocated automatically by the system during hardware setup.
The following permissions and privileges are required in order to manage device drivers. Administrators are granted these permissions:
Being logged on to your computer with these privileges can make your computer's security vulnerable. For more information on why you should not use administrator privileges unless absolutely necessary, see Why you should not run your computer as an administrator
You can use Device Manager to manage devices only on a local computer On a remote computer, Device Manager will work only in read-only mode.