Fix When Device Manager Does Not Open – Use DevManView

DevManView displays all devices and their properties in flat table instead of tree viewer as shown by standard Device Manager of Windows. In addition to that, it allows you to disable, enable, and uninstall the devices that are attached to the local computer.

It also provides the feature of loading the device list from external instance of windows and disable unwanted devices which can be useful when there are booting problems in your Windows operating system and you want to disable the problematic device.

TIP: You must be very careful when using the disable/uninstall options, because disabling or uninstalling an essential device might cause troubles to your operating system.

It is fully compatible with all versions of windows starting from Windows 2k to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.It is a simple tool to use which doesn’t need any installation process or additional DLL files but just an executable file of only 43 KB.

When you will run the downloaded DevManView.exe file, it will display all the devices found in your system except the non-plug and play drivers (by default). You can add them by selecting the option of ‘Show Non-Plug And Play Drivers’ in the Options menu.


It provides you the option of saving the details of one or more devices into text/html/xml/csv file by using Edit option (or Ctrl+S) or copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) and then paste the data to Excel or other spreadsheet application.

It also allows you to view the devices list in the remote computer which is connected on your LAN. But for this you must have full administrator access to this computer, and you may need to make a few configuration changes in the remote computer in order to make it work. For this, read article on Three easy ways to connect two computer for file sharing and internet.

For doing this go to the ‘Advanced Options’ window (F9), choose ‘Remote Computer’, and type the computer name.

NOTE: When the remote computer is Windows 2000/XP/2003, you can also disable/enable/uninstall a device in the remote computer. However, this feature doesn’t work on Windows 7/Vista, probably due to security changes made in these operating systems.

There is also an option of ‘External Windows Directory’ by going in the ‘Advanced Options’ which allows you to view the devices list stored in the Registry of another instance of Windows operating system. This feature also allows to disable/enable the selected devices but the device will be disabled/enabled when the next time this Windows is loaded because DevManView write the disabled/enabled information into the SYSTEM Registry file of the selected Windows OS.


TIP: It is recommended to use this feature only on emergency cases (For example, when a system cannot boot properly), and you should also backup the SYSTEM registry file before making any change on external OS.

The Option of ‘Control set’ in ‘Advanced Options’ allows you to view the list of devices of ‘Last Known Good’ Control Set or any other Control Set by its number.


Download DevManView

Download DevManView for x64 systems

NOTE: For x64 version of Windows, download the x64 version of DevManView, because its 32-bit version cannot disable/enable devices on x64 operating system.

Also read articles on Manage Windows Services, Softwares, Drivers, Startup, Backups Easily, Identify Unknown Devices In Device Manager Using Vendor ID & Device ID, Find Drivers For Unidentified Devices Shown In Device Manager.

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