Basically reposting from

How to create a hardware profile in Windows 10

When you use hardware profiles, each time you start your laptop you'll see a menu that prompts you to select a profile configured for the devices at a particular location. Once you select a profile, the operating system will load the drivers needed for the devices connected at that particular location. I.e., Hardware Profile is a .ini file that contains information about the hardware, its settings and instructions for Windows which device to start on Windows start.

After doing a little bit of research, I found that it was easy to do in Windows XP and Windows 7 by using the System Utility in Control Panel, but the same option is no longer present in Windows 8 or Windows 10.

Does anybody know how to create a Hardware profile for a computer by using some inbuilt utility or with the help of a free software?

  • It's possible that Windows is smart enough that it no longer needs explicit selection of hardware profiles anymore. Feb 28, 2021 at 22:12


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