What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
Use Win + R
Or Win + R
Both files open the Device Manager window and are located in
.cpl is opened by
mmc.exe executables which are also located in the same path.
Personally I think
hdwwiz.cpl is better to memorize as it can be associated with the
appwiz.cpl counterpart for software, that is the Programs and Features window, but despite being a
.cpl file it opens in microsoft management console, meaning it's not a control panel app and therefore should be associated with
The search function in the Vista/7 Start Menu is pretty awesome. Just type 'Device Manager'. This works for pretty much any system config applet as long as you have the slightest idea what it's called. (Try 'hard drive' sometime.)
The old-fashioned way I used in XP, and this still works, is to right-click My Computer in the Start Menu and select 'Manage', which brings up the Computer Management console which has Device Manager, Disk Manager, Event Viewer, etc, readily accessible.
Under Windows 10 (and 8 it seems) you can press
WIN + X to open a menu that contains an entry for device manager.