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By jenian ·
How do I easily create a desktop shortcut to device manager in WinXP?

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Device Manager

I'm assuming XP is similar to 9x in this respect.

Find Files or folders, look for a file called sysdm.cpl. Create a shortcut to this file on the desktop.

Any CPL files are control panel extensions and bring up the required control panel entry when double-clicked.

If XP is different in this respect, I'd like more information! I hate XP with a loathing usually only reserved for second-hand car salesmen and telephone canvassers, and have luckily persuaded most of my clients to avoid it like the plague, but I guess at some point, I may need to know about it!!

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In Windows\System32 folder

by TheChas In reply to sysdm.cpl

Works like your thinking Guru.

However, sysdm.cpl brings up system properties. Device manager itself is 2 mouse clicks away.
It displays as an Explorer style window.

Most of the control panel files are in the Windows\System32 folder.

My question is why does one need a specific shortcut to device manager on the desktop?
All you need do, is right click on My Computer, and select properties.
Then, click on hardware, and device manager.

I personally have found XP to be a vast improvement over Windows 9X / Me.
I do not have any personal experience with NT or W2K though.
From what I see here in the forums, XP is not as stable as W2K.


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XP or not XP.....

by jkaras In reply to In Windows\System32 folde ...

I agree with you Chas as to why anyone would have a need to have that short cut, a bit to lazy in opinion but what ever floats the boat. I not a fan of XP yet and doubt I will be, but I respect your knowledge Chas and wondering how to uninstall/reinstall tcp/ip in Xp. I was attempting to assist another in a differnt thread and know that I couldnt where you enter dns no#s ect..(been a while since I used XP and going from memory) Supposedly you can do it in network nieghborhood but never seen howto. If you know how please inform me. Cant give tech points, but settle for mad gratitude?

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Thanks for that

by GuruOfDos In reply to In Windows\System32 folde ...

Appreciate the information...thanks.

During the drive home from the office tonight I pondered that point myself! Why a shortcut when right clicking 'My Computer' does the identical job??

I have also, on more than one occasion, seen those magicwords 'Shortcut To My Computer' on the Desktop as well. It begs the question...WHY?!!

I have a feeling in my water, that there IS (or should be)a way of doing it with one click, perhaps by passing a parameter or something to sysdm. Maybe RUNDLL32has something to do with it?

I might have a little 'play'.

For stand-alone non-networked, non-online use, Windows 98 can have a lot of gubbins removed...there is even a program called Internet Exploder that completely removes IE and all network and related components from 98....leaving an installation smaller than 38Mb. Many of our systems are used in control applications and unfortunately anything later than 9x will not support direct hardware access - that is, writing ones and zeros directly to memory or IO addresses!

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by jenian In reply to In Windows\System32 folde ...

Thanks for the replies !

Back in the good old Win98 days it was easy to put a short cut on the desktop placing device manager one click away. It made life easy when keeping an eye on intermitant hardware/driver faults. Unfortunately its not that simple with XP requiring reptative actions to access what should be available with one mouse click. It would seem operating systems are going the same way as the automotive industry, making plant without ergonomic consideration for the poor sole leftto maintain/repair it.

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Shortcut to devmgmt.msc

by jenian In reply to Device Manager

Hey Guys
Thanks for the clues. It was there under my nose all the time. One click and your there. the answer was waiting to be found in -C:\WINDOWS\system32 just as you said it would be!
Thankyou to all of you for your input.....

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