Quick ways to get to Device Manager and Control Panel in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 operating system

The Control Panel and Device Manager are two (2) of the most important tools on your computer that will help you troubleshoot problems in network connectivity. 

This article will show you various ways to access the Control Panel and Device Manager on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 operating system.

 

Accessing the Control Panel
Accessing the Device Manager

 

Accessing the Control Panel

Control Panel is a part of Windows-based operating system which allows users to control the basic tasks and features of Windows through applets.  Applets include Programs and Features, Device Manager, Network and Sharing Center, etc.

There are several ways to access the Control Panel.  Click on your Windows OS below to learn how:
 

Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1


Windows 10

Method 1:  Through the Start screen icon

Right-click on the Start menu icon then click Control Panel.

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Method 2:  Through the Search charm

NOTE:  
The Charms bar is only available to smart phones and tablets.

Step 1: 
Hover your cursor over the top-right corner of the screen to unveil the Charms bar then click on the Search charm.

 

Step 2: 
Enter “control panel” then select Control Panel from the search results.

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To display all apps available in Control Panel, select either Large icons or Small icons in the View by menu.

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Windows 8/8.1

Method 1:  Through the Start screen icon

To show the Start menu from the desktop view, hover your cursor over the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Right-click on the Start screen icon then click Control Panel.

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Method 2:  Through the Search charm

Step 1: 

Hover your cursor over the top-right corner of the screen to unveil the Charms bar then click on the Search charm.

Step 2:
Enter “control” then select Control Panel from the search results.

To display all apps available in Control Panel, select either Large icons or Small icons in the View by menu.
 

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Accessing the Device Manager

Device Manager is an applet for Windows-based operating systems that allows users to check the status of the peripherals that are connected to the computer.  You can manually install drivers of an Ethernet or wireless adapter through the Device Manager.  However, hardware manufacturers provide installation software that will automatically install the drivers of the adapter.

There are several ways to access the Device Manager.  Click on your Windows OS below to learn how:

Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1

 

Windows 10

Method 1:  Through the Start screen icon

Right-click on the Start menu icon then click on Device Manager.

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Method 2:  Through the Control Panel

Select from any of the methods in accessing Control Panel:

Step 1: 
Right-click on the Start menu icon then click on Control Panel.

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Step 2: 
Click on Device Manager.

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Depending on your computer’s specification, the devices connected to your computer will be displayed in the Device Manager once they are detected by your computer.

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Windows 8/8.1

Method 1:  Through the Start screen icon

To show the Start screen icon from the desktop view, hover your cursor over the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Right-click on the Start screen icon then click on Device Manager.

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Method 2:  Through the Control Panel

Select from any of the methods in accessing Control Panel:

Step 1:
Right-click on the Start screen icon then click on Control Panel.

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Step 2:
Click on Device Manager.

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Depending on your computer’s specification, the devices connected to your computer will be displayed in the Device Manager once they are detected by your computer.

 

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