Use Device Manager to explore traditional device driver options like updating, rolling back, uninstalling, and disabling device drivers. View driver events including when the driver was first installed, if it was migrated, when it was originally configured, and the first time it was started.
- [Narrator] Hardware information is ubiquitous throughout the Windows Interface. For instance, you can open the Printers & scanners window shown here to see what's connected to your machine. You can access this window from Settings. You can also type msinfo32, which is short for Microsoft System Information in the search window on the task bar to obtain even more details, including what resources devices are using and what components are attached. To work directly with any of the drivers of these devices though, you'll need to navigate to Device Manager. You can open Device Manager in many ways, but I prefer to right click on the Start button, and choose Device Manager in the results. We don't have any problematic devices here, but you might see some hardware that isn't working properly. It will be indicated by either a yellow exclamation point, or a red X. If you see anything like that, double-click it and see if you can figure out what the problem is. If not, just do what I do here and double-click any network adaptor. There are quite a few tabs here but don't worry, not all devices have as many tabs as this. Take a look at the driver tab. This is where you can update a driver if a device isn't working optimally. And then, you can roll it back to the previous driver if the new one doesn't work. You can also disable a device if you don't use it, and even uninstall it if it's problematic. Generally, on reboot, an uninstalled component will reinstall itself with default settings. This can resolve common configuration problems without any additional input from you. Under the Events tab, you can see when the driver was installed or updated. You can see when it was migrated and more. You can review the information here if you suspect someone has made a change that wasn't documented. If you find out that a problematic device was recently updated with a new driver, you can opt to roll back the driver and resolve the problem. Now click the Power Management tab. You can choose to let the device wake the computer or you can let the computer turn off the device to save power, where applicable. If you're having problems with the device waking from sleep, or having other power issues, take a look here to see if you can change the settings to resolve the problem. Feel free to explore all of these tabs, as there are several options that you can configure. The technique we used here can be used for any other entry in Device Manager or, just about any entry. Let's look at the audio card. It has four tabs. General, Driver, Details, and Events. And, let's take a look at the video card. Again, General, Driver, Details, Events, and Resources. Go ahead and play around in Device Manager for a while. There's no harm in clicking Update Driver or even looking at the events. When you're finished, close Device Manager and move on to the next movie.
- Choosing an upgrade or new installation
- Choosing a Windows 10 edition
- Creating installation media
- Installing and upgrading Windows 10
- Troubleshooting group policies on devices
- Configuring and managing device drivers
- Configuring the desktop
- Configuring notifications
- Configuring Cortana and Hyper-V
- Using Active Directory-based activation