Display detailed information on different installed peripheral devices
June 27th, 2005 - 06:00 pm ET by R. K.
If you want to be able to provide detailed information on your computers installed peripheral devices, then you will be happy to know that it is possible to add these to the “Details” tab on the properties page of any selected peripheral under the Device Manager.
With the help of the “Details” tab you can provide technical information about any of the 24 listed properties below:
Serial number of the peripheral
Serial number of the hardware
Compatible serial number
Corresponding serial number
Peripheral superior filters
Peripheral inferior filters
Class superior filters
Class inferior filters
Note: All these properties will not necessarily be displayed for each device with the contents being empty if there is nothing present.
Here is how you inform the “Details” tab:
Click “Start”, “Run” and type "control.exe sysdm.cpl,System,3". Click on the “OK” and you will have access to the System properties advanced tab.
(I know that there are much easier ways to get to the “Advanced” tab, but I am just showing you a less well known way of getting there ;-)
On this “Advanced” tab, click on the [Environment Variables] at the bottom left.
In the “System variables” section click on the [Next] button and add a new system variable. In the small window that will be displayed enter the following details:
Variable name: DEVMGR_SHOW_DETAILS
Variable value : 1
Click on “OK” to close the “Environment Variables” window and once more to close the “System Properties”.
It is not necessary to reboot the computer as the changes will immediately take effect with the “Details” tab being immediately visible. To see this, click “Start”, “Run” and type “devmgmt.msc”. Press “OK” to access the device manager.
Select the peripheral that interests you (right click > properties) and you will see the “Details” tab. Click on this to see the available properties list of this device.
Note: Last week I showed you how to identify your PCI peripherals that are unknown by Windows, by going into the registry to find the hardware’s information. Today, with this tip you can obtain the materials information directly from its “Serial number of the device” properties, which means that you no longer need to go into the registry.