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How to pin Device Manager to the Start menu

Device Manager is a handy Windows tool for managing and troubleshooting components and peripherals. There are several different ways to access the device manager, however each of them requires a few steps. For easier access, why not pin the Device Manager to your Start menu?

Pinning a program to your Start menu is a simple procedure -- just right click on the file name or icon and select "Pin to Start menu." However, the Device Manager is typically accessed from inside another window (usually either the System Properties screen or the Computer Management console), and you can't pin it to the Start menu from there.

In Windows Vista, you can hunt down the Device Manager using the Search bar (just type "device" or "device manager" into the Search bar) and right click it from there to pin it. In Windows XP, the process is a little more involved -- you can follow the same steps as for Vista, but XP's search feature takes much longer to find files than Vista's does, so you'll be waiting at least a minute or two. By the time the system finds the Device Manager, you could have already been done with the whole thing.

To find the Device Manager file in Windows XP, open up Windows Explorer (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer). Click the plus sign (+) next to My Computer, then navigate to C:, then Windows, then System32. In the System32 folder, find a file called "devmgmt.msc" -- this is the Device Manager. Right click on it and then select "Pin to Start menu."

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