How to Run Device Manager as Admin [CMD, PowerShell & Run]

run device manager as administrator
run device manager as administrator

Windows is a very handy and muti-cooperative Operating System where you can open a program, service or process in a number of ways. Windows also offer the option to run these programs with administrator rights if its working is associated with making changes in the system files. And among these programs, the Windows Device Manager is of extreme use. This program allows the users to add/remove hardware, and its drivers. It is so much of use that in my every Windows how-to fixing guide, there is at least one reserved fix dependent on the Device Manager.

Running any program on Windows as an administrator is not a big deal. And if you are a newbie to the Windows world, here I have provided the different ways that you can use to run the Device Manager as Admin on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. Let’s explore them.

How to Run Device Manager as Administrator

Just like any other important program, the Windows Device Manager can also be launched by using different ways. You can open the Device Manager in 4 different ways among which the CMD/PowerShell and Run utilities can be used by entering different commands as well.

Method 1: From the Start Menu

The very first way to open the Device Manager on Windows is by using the Windows Start Menu. To open the Device Manager using the Start Menu:

  • Press the Windows key on your Keyboard or click on the Windows logo on your Taskbar.
  • In the search bar of the Start Menu, type in Device Manager.
  • From the search results, click on Device Manager. You can click on the Open option located in the right-half of the Start Menu, showing the Best Match for your search.

This will open the Device Manager window on your PC and if you are logged into your PC as an administrator, the Device Manager will allow you to perform all the things with admin rights.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

Next, you can use the Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell utility to open the device manager. To launch the device manager using CMD or PowerShell:

  • Open Command Prompt or PowerShell as an administrator.
  • Execute any of the following Device Manager commands there:

    mmc devmgmt.msc

    control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager

    control hdwwiz.cpl

Running any of the above Device Manager commands will launch the Device Manager window via the Command Prompt or PowerShell utility.

Method 3: Using Run Dialog Box

The Windows Run utility holds the power to run any program by using its run command. There are also run commands for the Device Manager that you can type into the Run dialog box.

  • Open the Run dialog box on your PC by pressing Win + R on your keyboard.
  • Now, enter the following command into the Run dialog box’s text field:

  • After entering any of the above Run commands, click on OK (or you can press Enter).

Once done, the Device Manager windows will get loaded on your screen.

Method 4: Using File Explorer

Lastly, you can use the Windows File Explorer to manually locate the Device Manager program utility and run it from there as an admin.

  • Open the Windows File Explorer by pressing the Win + E on your keyboard.
  • In File Explorer navigate to the following path:
    You can also paste the above path into the address bar of File Explorer to reach there.
  • Here, right-click on the devmgmt.msc file and select Run as administrator.

This will open the Device Manager on your PC.

Bottom Line

So these were the 4 different ways by which you can run the Device Manager on your Windows PC. And as far as running the Device Manager as an administrator is concerned, you can use any of the above methods but make sure that you are logged into your Windows OS as an Administrator and not as any other user that has no administrative rights. With you logged in as an administrator, you don’t have to do anything specific to provide admin rights to the Device Manager. You can simply open the Device Manager and there will be no restrictions on its any kind of use.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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