Device Manager is an utility program to manage all of your devices on your computer from one place. In case if you are unable to access the Device Manager on your computer as it is blocked by an administrator, simply follow these easy steps and you will be using the device manager once again.
But before going ahead for the main fix, we strongly suggest you to create a restore point for your system. In case if anything goes wrong, you can easily restore your computer back to the same point. If you don’t know how to create a restore point, please refer to how to create a restore point in Windows 10.
Fix-1 Open Device Manager from System Properties-
Try to open Device Manager from System Properties.
1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run window on your computer.
2. Now, copy-paste or type “sysdm.cpl” and then hit Enter to open System Properties window.
3. In System Properties window, go to “Hardware” tab.
4. Then, click on “Device Manager” in Device Manager section.
Check if you can access Device Manager window on your computer.
Fix-2 Access Device Manager from Computer Management-
You can access Device Manager from Computer Management window.
1. Press Windows key+E together to open File Explorer window.
2. In File Explorer window, on the left hand side, right click on “This PC” and then click on “Manage“.
Computer Management window will be opened.
3. In Computer Management window, on the left hand side, click on “Device Manager“.
Now, on the right hand side, you will be able to see all the devices on your computer.
This way you can access Device Manager from Computer Management utility.
Fix-3 Open Device Manager as an admin-
If nothing is working out for you, try to open Device Manager as an administrator from Powershell-
1. Press Windows key+X and then click on “Windows Powershell (Admin)“.
Powershell window will be opened.
2. In Powershell window, copy-paste these command and hit Enter to execute these one-by-one in order to gain administrative access and use that access to open Device Manager.
net user administrator /active:yes
Device Manager window will be opened.
You will be able to use Device Manager.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.