To create a hardware profile

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.


Open System in Control Panel.


On the Hardware tab, click Hardware Profiles.


Under Available hardware profiles, click Profile 1 (Current), and then click Copy.


Type a name for the new hardware profile, and then click OK.


You can customize your new profile by enabling or disabling devices for that profile in Device Manager For more information about Device Manager, click Related Topics.


To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System

The profile named Profile 1 (Current) provides a model for you to create new hardware profiles. It will not appear in the list of available hardware profiles shown during startup.

Related Topics

Specify the default hardware profile for startup

System Properties overview

Using Device Manager

Copy, rename, or delete a hardware profile

Hardware types overview

Hardware overview

Hardware profiles overview

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