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I have a device that I often enable and disable using the Device Manager. I'd like to write a script to do this programmatically (that is, using the command line). I saw a program called devcon that works for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, but I need one that works for Windows 7. Is there one freely available?

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  1. Download the WDK Windows Driver Kit 7.1.0 from Microsoft.
  2. Use the Universal Extractor to extract the contents of the ISO to a temporary location... or use whatever method you like to mount and get inside the ISO.
  3. You can use the same tool to extract the install file "WDK\setuptools_x64fre.msi" to a temporary directory.
  4. In that temporary directory you will find "WinDDK\7600.16385.win7_wdk.100208-1538\tools\devcon\amd64\devcon.exe". It has been tested to work with Win7x64, and it is part of the most recent Windows Driver development kit.

So, there is Devcon.exe for Windows 7 for you. It works with Windows 7, and it is free.

Instructions taken from the Microsoft Answers forum.

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This gentleman here was kind enough to upload the file by itself, so that you don't have to download a 700mb ISO just to extract it. Worked fine for me. – HodofHod May 24 '13 at 2:11
Make sure to also extract, because actually that cab file contains devcon, not the msi. – Tarnay Kálmán Jan 10 '14 at 15:38

DevManView is another way to do this - and it's a lot easier to acquire than devcon.exe, but still free.

I use the following command in a batch file to use disable/enable a device on my wife's laptop when we need it:

devmanview.exe /disable_enable "SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller"

You can also create a regular shortcut, edit its properties and add the parameters in the Target field.

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This worked in Vista too. – tazo todua Sep 17 '14 at 21:19
It makes me both sad and happy that a tool that does this exists. – dwj Oct 3 '14 at 4:12
Site does not mention supported systems but it works fine on Windows 8.1 64-bit (used the "DevManView for x64 systems" version). – Álvaro González Jan 24 at 15:24
worked for me in 2015 april - win7-64 – Uğur Gümüşhan Apr 3 at 19:49

For Windows 8, there is WDK 8.1 available at

The small setup binary allows to download (without installing WDK) (~500MB) and without iso-container.

Searched cabs for devcon.exe but names are scrambled. Used Universal Extractor to extract "..\Installers\Windows Driver Kit-x86_en-us.msi" - ends with an error. However, got the file I need: "...\Windows Kits\8.1\Tools\x64\devcon.exe"

Tool needs to run with Admin privs to have effect.

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