Device Management and Installation

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Device Management and Installation is a group of technologies that support the installation of hardware devices and the device driver software that enables them to communicate with Windows. Features in Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Vista®, and Windows Server® 2008 give administrators the ability to control the devices that can be installed on the computers they manage.

The documentation available for Device Management and Installation includes the following:

Product Evaluation

Management and Operations

  • Device Management and Installation Operations Guide

    This guide provides information for administering devices and their drivers in Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. It includes procedures for completing common tasks related to installing and configuring devices.


  • Device Management and Installation Troubleshooting Guide

    This guide provides troubleshooting information for device management and installation in Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. It can help you identify and resolve problems that may be related to installing and managing your hardware devices and the drivers they use.

Installed Help

Installed Help is available when you open the Device Management MMC snap-in, and then press F1. The installed Help provides information about how to use Device Manager.

The DevMgr.chm file is installed with Windows. It is displayed when you request help from the Device Manager tool that is included with the operating system.

Additional Resources