Devices and Printers Overview

The Devices and Printers folder gives you a quick view of devices connected to your computer that you can connect or disconnect from your computer through a port or network connection. This includes mobile devices such as music players and digital cameras, USB devices, and network devices. See Figure below. It does not include items installed inside your computer such as internal disk drives, expansion cards, or RAM, and it will not display legacy devices such as keyboards and mice connected through a PS/2 or serial port.

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Starting with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Windows includes the Devices and Printers folder to quickly allow users to see all the devices connected to the computer and to configure and troubleshoot these devices. It also allows you to view information about the make, model, and manufacturer and gives you detailed information about the sync capabilities of a mobile phone or other mobile devices

To open the Devices and Printers folder, open the Control and click View devices and printers under Hardware while in Category view or double-click Devices and Printers in Icon view. You can also open the Devices and Printers folder by clicking the Start button and clicking Devices and Printers.
When you right-click a device icon in the Devices and Printers folder, you can select from a list of tasks that vary depending on the capabilities of the device. For example, you might be able to see what’s printing on a network printer, view files stored on a USB flash drive, or open a program from the device manufacturer. For mobile devices that support the new Device Stage feature in Windows, you can also open advanced, device-specific features in Windows from the right-click menu, such as the abilities to sync with a mobile phone or change ringtones.

Articles in this Course

  1. Selecting Server Hardware
  2. Selecting the Software
  3. Performing Clean Installation of Windows Server 2008 R2
  4. Performing an Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2
  5. Disk Cloning and System Preparation Tool
  6. Performing an Unattended Installation
  7. Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Using Windows Deployment Services
  8. Understanding Windows Licensing
  9. Understanding Windows Activation
  10. Understanding Windows Updates
  11. Understanding User Account Control
  12. Introducing System Settings
  13. Changing Computer Name and Domain Settings
  14. Configuring Remote Settings
  15. Changing Date and Time
  16. Understanding Plug and Play Devices
  17. Understanding Signed Drivers
  18. Using Devices and Printers
  19. Using Device Manager
  20. Using Computer Management Console and Server Management Console
  21. Managing Programs
  22. Managing Roles and Features
  23. Comparing IDE and SCSI Drives
  24. Introducing Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks
  25. Introducing Hot Spares
  26. Using Storage Explorer and Storage Manager
  27. Introducing Disk Partitioning Styles
  28. Comparing Types of Disks
  29. Introducing File Systems
  30. System Information
  31. Using the Event Viewer
  32. Understanding Boot.ini
  33. Understanding BCDEdit
  34. Understanding Advanced Boot Menu
  35. Using the System Configuration Tool
  36. Understanding Virtual Memory and Paging File
  37. Using Task Manager
  38. Using Performance Monitor
  39. Using Resource Monitor
  40. Introducing Fault-Tolerant Components
  41. Understanding Clustering
  42. Understanding Power
  43. Introducing Backup Media
  44. Introducing Backup Items
  45. Introducing Microsoft Windows Backup
  46. Understanding Shadow Copies of Shared Folders
  47. Understanding HOSTS and LMHOSTS Files
  48. Exploring DNS
  49. WINS
  50. Introducing Domains and Trees and Forests
  51. Introducing Sites and Domain Controllers
  52. Introducing Organizational Units
  53. Looking at Objects
  54. Introducing Groups
  55. Introducing Group Policy
  56. Setting NTFS Permissions
  57. Looking at Effective NTFS Permissions
  58. Copying and Moving Files
  59. Looking at Folder and File Owners
  60. Encrypting Files with NTFS
  61. Network Discovery and Browsing
  62. Looking at Special and Administrative Shares
  63. Installing Printers
  64. Looking at Printer Properties
  65. Setting Printer Permissions
  66. Managing Print Jobs
  67. Configuring Internet Printing
  68. Managing Web Sites with IIS
  69. Managing FTP with IIS
  70. Creating Virtual Machines
  71. Managing Virtual Machines