Device Manager allows you to disable any devices that are causing issues for your Windows 11 system. When a device is disabled, Windows stops allocating system resources to it, and no software on your computer can use it from then on.
How to Disable a Device in Device Manager in Windows 11
Device Manager is a place from where you can easily manage all your device and device drive used on your system. Sometimes, some devices and drivers can cause an issue with your system. So, it is better to disable it to troubleshoot the problem.
Here are the steps to disable any device in the device manager:
Step 1: Press the Win + Xtogether on your keyboard to open a context menu. In that context menu, select the “Device Manager” option. Or else, right-click on the “Start Menu” icon to access the context menu.
Step 2: Locate the device you want to disable by finding it within the category that represents it. For instance, you might check the “Keyboard” section to disable a keyboard. If you don’t know the device category, you can expand all the categories to find it.
Step 3: When you find the device you want to disable, right-click it and choose “Properties” from the context menu.
Step 4: After that, click on the “Driver” tab and click on the “Disable Device” button to disable the device from your Windows 11. Now you will get a pop-up window with the message “Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you: really want to disable it?” To confirm click on the “Yes” button.
That’s it; this will disable the device from your Windows 11. Please note that this will not uninstall it from your system, if you want the device again you can enable it from your device manager.
How to Enable a Device in Device Manager
It is very simple to reverse these steps and re-enable a device in the device manager. You can also enable a device that was previously disabled for other reasons. For that, follow the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Device Manager.
Step 2: Select the device you want to re-enable and look for the “Enable device” icon or option. Or you can also right-click on the device name to get the “Enable Device” option.
Step 3: Once the device is enabled, you can check for the device update to install the latest device driver updates.
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