How To Fix Device Manager Not Opening In Windows 11

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The essential Windows 11 utility Device Manager enables users to manage and troubleshoot hardware devices. When Device Manager is unable to launch, users have few choices for identifying and fixing hardware issues, which can be irritating. This blog post will examine four efficient ways to resolve Windows 11's "Device Manager Not Opening" issue. Let's get started and set up your Device Manager!

Restarting your computer 

Restarting your computer is the first and most basic thing to do. Device Manager frequently refuses to launch due to momentary bugs or software conflicts. This is how you do it:

  1. Close all active applications after saving all of your work.
  2. In the taskbar, click the "Start" button.
  3. Click the power symbol in the Start menu and then choose "Restart."
  4. Once your computer has restarted, try opening Device Manager once more.

Utilize the Run command 

You can try using the Run command to launch Device Manager if restarting your computer didn't fix the problem:

  • Your keyboard's "Windows key + R" combination will launch the Run dialog box.
  • Enter "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) in the Run box, then hit "OK" or "Enter."
  • Now, the Device Manager ought to launch. If not, move on to the next strategy.

Check for System File Errors 

Device Manager not opening is only one of many issues caused by corrupted system files. A built-in program in Windows 11 called "System File Checker" can assist in resolving similar problems:

To open an elevated command prompt, right-click the "Start" button and choose "Windows Terminal (Admin)".

Type the following command into the command prompt window and hit "Enter":

sfc /scannow

The System File Checker will start scanning for corrupted files and fixing them. Be patient as this process can take some time.
Restart your computer after the scan is finished, then attempt to launch Device Manager once more.

Update device drivers 

Device Manager may not launch if the device drivers are outdated or incompatible. In order to update the drivers, follow these instructions:
  1. Right-click the "Start" button and choose "Device Manager."
  2. Locate the device category that has an exclamation point or a yellow triangle indicating driver difficulties in the Device Manager window.
  3. Right-click the malfunctioning device and choose "Update driver."
  4. Selecting this option will automatically look for new driver software. Windows will automatically find the most recent driver online and install it.
  5. Restart your computer after the driver update is finished, then see if Device Manager launches without any problems.


Device Manager is a crucial tool for Windows 11 hardware device maintenance and troubleshooting. It can be aggravating if you have the "Device Manager Not Opening" issue. However, you can fix the problem and restore the functionality of Device Manager by utilizing the four techniques described in this blog post: restarting your computer, using the Run command, checking for system file issues, and updating device drivers. If you follow these instructions carefully, you'll soon have a Device Manager that works flawlessly.

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