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’
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  4. 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.
  5. Expand the device group, right-click on the device and choose ‘Disable’
  6. Click ‘OK’ to confirm.
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  8. The device is now disabled – Windows and applications will not be able to use the device.
  9. To re-enable it, repeat the process and choose ‘Enable’