How to recover missing devices in Device Manager in Windows 10

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Your system's Device Manager is the place where all Windows-identified hardware related to your system is organized in an organized fashion and gives the user a central view of all hardware devices. So whether it's your sound card, graphics card, camera, printer, Bluetooth, or network adapters, you'll get all the hardware listed here. You can update, enable / disable, uninstall, roll back or check for hardware changes for the driver from here.

However, sometimes you may find that you cannot connect to a physical component, such as your printer. When you go to Device Manager and search for it, it can't find it. He is lost! While you're wondering what's next and how to connect your printer, there's not much to worry about, because Windows offers a way to easily recover your lost device. Let's see how.

How to recover missing devices in Device Manager in Windows 10

Step 1: In you Desk, right click What PC and click Manage in the context menu.

Step 2: A Device administrator window, click Device administrator at the far left of the panel, then click anywhere in the device list on the right side of the panel.

Step 3: So go to Action tab at the top of the window between archive Y View. Click on Add legacy hardware option.

Step 3: Open the Add assistant window. Just click The next Continues.

Step 4: Now in the next section, click the radio button next to Install hardware that I manually select from a list (advanced) and click The next.

Step 5: In the next section, it will show you the list of all installed devices. If you can't find a specific device, for example if an audio device is missing, click Sound, video and game controllers option and click The next.

Step 6: In the next section, you will list all available device drivers that you want to install for this hardware. Now select the file Maker from the list on the left and the file Model from the list on the right and click The next.

Step 7: In the next section, click The next to begin installing new hardware.

Step 8: Now in the last window, click To finish at the end of the installation.

Likewise, you can select and add any missing devices from the device list as shown in 5 pass and this is all. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

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