Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Windows is a versatile operating system environment, and there is almost always more than one way to access information. If you need to see what version of a specific device driver you have, there are two main ways to do it.
- System Information
The System Information utility contains a lot of information about your computer. You can find out everything from the maker of your BIOS to what print jobs are currently pending.
System Information can be accessed through the Start menu (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information). In Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can also type it in the Search bar.
You can view driver versions under either the Components heading -- where all of the driver info is displayed on the last line for each component -- or the Software Environments heading -- where all of the drivers are listed individually under System Drivers or Signed Drivers.
- Device Manager
The Device Manager is your one-stop shop for everything related to your computer's devices and components. For each device, you can view its current status, its driver version, as well as a basic troubleshooter.
To access Device Manager, type "devmgmt.msc" into the Run bar (or type "device manager" in the Search bar). When it opens, your devices will be broken into categories; just expand each category to see the individual devices, and double click on a device to view its properties. Driver information can be found under the Driver tab.
The Device Manager can also be found in the Computer Management console, which you can get to through the Control Panel, under Administrative Tools.
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