How to Display Hidden Devices and Driver in Windows 7

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How to Display Hidden Devices and Driver in Windows 7

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Added by October 1, 2015

Windows 7 is configured to make driver installation and management as smooth as possible. Most driver management and configuration is done with the Device Manager  application.

Windows attempts to keep Device Manager clean and simple by hiding a number of core drivers and low-level devices that most users do not need to see. Advanced users may need to see and configure these drivers to identify problematic configurations or change drivers.

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Here’s how you display the hidden drivers in Windows 7.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click the System icon.
  3. On the left side, click Device Manager as shown in Figure 1.001-Device-Manager-Display-hidden-devides-and-files-in-windows-7
  1. The standard Device Manager display appears as shown in Figure 2.002-Device-Manager-Display-hidden-devides-and-files-in-windows-7
  1. At the top of this window, click the View menu. You can see the subtle difference already in Figure 3 with the inclusion of new nodes including Non-Plug and Play Drivers and Storage volume shadow copies.003-Device-Manager-Display-hidden-devides-and-files-in-windows-7
  1. Finally, expand any node to see the full set of devices and drivers.


Mike Danseglio – CISSP, MCSE, and CEH

Mike Danseglio teaches IT Security Training, Windows, System Center and Windows Server 2012 classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes are available in Phoenix, AZ and online with RemoteLive™.


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