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How to identify Unknown Hardware Devices in Windows 10

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How to identify Unknown Hardware Devices in Windows 10

How to identify Unknown Hardware Devices in Windows 10

The Device Manager of Windows marks unknown devices with a yellow question mark. However, information about the identification is hidden in the properties of such hardware.

Tip:- You can easily device manage with “devmgmt.msc” run a command without quotes.

To access this information, right-click on the unknown device and go to the “Properties” in the context menu. In the following dialog windows, now go to the tab “Details”. The information regarding the unknown hardware will now be shown to you via the “Hardware IDs” in the option “Property”.

How to identify Unknown Hardware Devices in Windows 10

The areas “VEN_xxx” and “DEV_xxx” are important in this sequence: “VEN” denotes
the Vendor ID i.e. the manufacturer ID, “DEV” stands for the Device ID.

In our example, the Vendor ID is “10EC”. the Device ID is “0269”. There are many
websites for identifying a device with the help of its ID, for example, https://devid.info/ 

After you go to the website, enter the Vendor ID in the search field and click on “Search”. You will then see the manufacturer of the unknown hardware in the next window

As the name of the manufacturer is not enough to identify a device, start the search with the Device ID. You will get a list of devices as the result of this search.
Compare the Vendor ID in the previous column with the Device ID in the first column and you will find the device name in the second column. In our case, the unknown hardware was the sound chip “Realtek High Definition audio”.

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Hope my article “How to identify Unknown Hardware Devices in Windows 10” helps you to identify unknown hardware devices in Windows 10.

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