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Windows 7: Device Manager : Hidden Devices


11 Apr 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 
Device Manager : Hidden Devices

How to Show and Access Hidden and Ghost Devices and Drivers in Device Manager

This will show you the devices and drivers from programs you no longer use, it will free up some disk space, not to...

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22 May 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johnatan View Post
Hello, please look at this image, got directly from 'Show Hidden Devices' in the Device Manager View Menu. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (french).
The red underlined items are the hidden devices and ghosts
Hello Johnatan, welcome to Seven Forums!

If I read French I may have an idea but, do you have a question?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Thanks for the work done and your time Ted

Regards
Hello Lomai, I'm glad it was a help.

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09 Jul 2010   #21
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

hi Ted
thank you for tuttorial but i want to know someting;
allready when i open the device menager i can select "Show Hidden Devices" option and i can see the hidden / ghost drivers and whwn i do step 1-2 nothing changing
So why we are doing step 1 and 2 ?
Why it necessary?
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09 Jul 2010   #22
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi Ted,

I just linked to your excellent tutorial on one that I wrote yesterday, due to the positive feedback on that Unknown Device thread (thanks for the rep too :-) ).

I see that you mentioned the Computer Management Console in your tutorial and I've been trying to get a answer on something without installing an earlier version of windows; perhaps you can help. Do you know if the compmgmt.msc (right click on computer and choose manage) is available on home basic and Home premium. Someone mentioned in another thread that it wasn't and I've kept it out of all posts since; but I've never got around to verifying this. Any ideas?

Thanks and great thread, I didn't know you could show Ghost devices (unfortunately I'm unable to tip the scales on it.... perhaps it's too old?)

-Timo
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09 Jul 2010   #23
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi Tim

Can confirm that it is available on HP x-64
Not able to check Basic though

Regards
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09 Jul 2010   #24
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm installin Basic on a VM now. I'll report back when it's done.

UPDATE:
Confirmed. All editions of Windows 7 have compmgmt.msc.

Device Manager : Hidden Devices-confirmed-2.jpgDevice Manager : Hidden Devices-confirmed-1.jpg


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10 Jul 2010   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thank you all for your assistance, nice tutorial Tim.
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10 Jul 2010   #26
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Lomai! Thanks Brink! and thanks Ted!

I've been meaning to get off my backside and find that out and I thought since Ted put it in his Tutorial that he already had the answer........ as always the team network here is extremely fast, I don't often see Ted beaten to an answer .

Now to try to find the thread again that I read where it said it wasn't available......hmmm.
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10 Jul 2010   #27
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Thanks Lomai! Thanks Brink! and thanks Ted!

I've been meaning to get off my backside and find that out and I thought since Ted put it in his Tutorial that he already had the answer........ as always the team network here is extremely fast, I don't often see Ted beaten to an answer .

Now to try to find the thread again that I read where it said it wasn't available......hmmm.


Yeah, Brink is an alien machine.
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10 Jul 2010   #28
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Thanks Lomai! Thanks Brink! and thanks Ted!

I've been meaning to get off my backside and find that out and I thought since Ted put it in his Tutorial that he already had the answer........ as always the team network here is extremely fast, I don't often see Ted beaten to an answer .

Now to try to find the thread again that I read where it said it wasn't available......hmmm.


Yeah, Brink is an alien machine.
Sshhhh he's listening
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10 Jul 2010   #29
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm installin Basic on a VM now. I'll report back when it's done.

UPDATE:
Confirmed. All editions of Windows 7 have compmgmt.msc.

Attachment 84317Attachment 84316
I finally found that post.... and guess what? I must have had another late one on sevenforums that night.

I owe everyone an apology for wasted time . It turns out that the poster never said that the compmgmt.msc was missing, just that the functionality changes. I've just remembered it wrong and now feel like silly idiot.... the beginnings of old age... dementia... memory in need of de-fragmentation?.... or too many tasty beverages while I'm helping out... I don't know.

Apologies all, it's been a day of red faces for me.

-Timo
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