Windows 10 – How to disable devices using the device manager

The process below details how to disable devices using the device manager in Windows 10.

When a device is disabled Windows and all applications will not be able to use the device. This can be useful for integrated devices, such as a camera or microphone, that you cannot physically remove but do not want to be used.

Please note: you will need administrator access on the computer to use the device manager.

  1. Using your keyboard, press the Windows button + R to open the Run window
  2. Under ‘Open’ type devmgmt.msc and click ‘OK’
  3. You now need to find the device in the list – finding the right device is critical, as disabling a critical device could damage your Windows installation. ‘Imaging devices’ will include all cameras, ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ will include your audio devices.
  4. Expand the device group, right-click on the device and choose ‘Disable’
  5. Click ‘OK’ to confirm.
  6. The device is now disabled – Windows and applications will not be able to use the device.
  7. To re-enable it, repeat the process and choose ‘Enable’

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2 comments on “Windows 10 – How to disable devices using the device manager

    1. Me neither. I try to disable the touchpad driver on a HP notebook and the only menu option when right-click is Properties/Uninstall. Stupid Windows 10 can’t see that I already have the mouse.

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