Introduction

With device control you can view and manage the devices and drivers installed in your computer. You can check if your devices and drivers are working correctly and troubleshoot their problems with all information and options that you can possibly need, such as the used resources, files, problem code and location. It can also be used to backup, download or uninstall drivers, disable or restart devices, and scan for hardware changes.

At the left side ( 1 ) you can find all devices that are present - or disconnected - on your PC. The actions available in ( 2 ) affect all these devices.



At the right side ( 3 ) you can find the device and driver information of the device you have currently selected. If you go to the bottom you'll also find the results of the device identifier. The actions available in ( 4 ) affect only the selected device.

Device & driver actions

You can disable, enable, restart and uninstall a device ( 1 ), whereas you can install, backup and uninstall a driver ( 1 ). Most actions speak for themselves, but driver backup and driver install are explained further down.


You can show more actions with ( 3 ).

If you want to scan your computer for hardware changes then you can use ( 2 ). This may take some time as Windows needs to look for all possible changes.

Device & driver information

If you select a device then you get all the information that Driver Fusion can locate about the device and its driver.



The device information ( 1 ), also known as device properties, is shown immediately at the top. There is a lot of useful information to go through, such as the current status, the problem code, and the PCI bus link speed. The information that is available depends on the device that you selected, as not all devices report the same number of properties.



If available, this also includes the resources (IRQ, IO, DMA, memory) that are in use or reserved by the device ( 2 ).



The driver information ( 3 ), also known as driver properties, is shown further down. This includes the files ( 4 ) that are used by the driver, along with other useful properties such as its (authenticode) signature. The information that is available depends on the driver that you selected, as not all drivers report the same number of properties.

Device identifier

With device identifier you can determine the type, name and manufacturer of your devices. It can assist you in identifying unknown devices, usually visualized with a yellow question mark, and in examining devices for which you are unable to locate more information or do not know the origin.



Device identifier is automatically executed after you've selected a device. You can access the information that has been discovered by going to the bottom ( 1 ) of the available information. If there are multiple devices found, you can also switch between them with ( 2 ).

Driver backup

After you've selected a device, you can backup ( 1 ) a driver with driver backup.



You can now select the driver that you want to backup from a dialog with all available drivers ( 2 ). This includes the currently installed driver, the drivers that are still present in Windows, and a large number of the drivers that we have available online.


Below the name of the driver you can find its source and at the right side its version number and release date.

Once you select a driver, you can continue to the choose the destination ( 3 ).


You can also add a new backup destination ( 5 ).

After you selected your destination, you can now backup the driver ( 4 ).

Driver install

After you've selected a device, you can install or restore ( 1 ) a driver with driver install.



You can now select the driver that you want to install from a dialog with all available drivers ( 2 ). This includes the backed up drivers from the existing destinations, the drivers that are still present in Windows, and a large number of the drivers that we have available online.


Below the name of the driver you can find its source and at the right side its version number and release date.

After you selected the driver, you can now install it ( 3 ).

Driver install only includes the backups from your existing - and known - backup destinations. If you created a backup on another destination, or if you downloaded a driver somewhere, you can also open the INF file ( 4 ) to add it.

Disconnected devices

If you want device control to only list devices that are currently disconnected then you can use ( 1 ) and ( 2 ).

Troubleshooting

Device control is a great place to start troubleshooting if you encounter device or driver problems, as it allows you to learn everything there is to know about a device or driver.

You can start by checking the status ( 1 ) to determine whether a device or driver is functioning properly. This status is shown as a color on the device icon and if you hover over it you'll also get a short description.



In order to fix a problem, you can always start with a disable ( 2 ) and enable ( 2 ) operation. If it's not yet resolved, you can also look into the unique properties of a device and driver ( 3 ). This information - in particular the description, manufacturer and hardware ids - is a good starting point to search the web for solutions that apply to just this device. You can easily copy all information that is listed with ( 4 ). If it's a driver problem, you can also try to install another driver.