Device Manager is Empty

Mar 30, 2014
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My Device Manager is suddenly Empty...How do I know what Drivers to install and in which Order..Tried some from Lenovo site but I guess needed particular driver installed First as none would install... Win 7 Home Prem 64 bit system... Please Help



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May 10, 2010
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Make sure you are logged on as an Administrator. Then in Device Manager, click View and make sure Devices by Type is selected.

If your computer is booting then you have devices so if the above doesn't resolve it then either you are not authorized or something odd, such as a virus is blocking you. Try running a virus scan in safe mode as follows to check your computer for malware:

Download TDSSKiller and RKill from our Freeware DB. If you do not have an anti-virus then download, install, and allow to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). Then reboot your system into safe mode without networking (Reboot and, when it says "Starting Windows," Press F8; If you get a message asking continue in safe mode or perform a system restore, choose continue in safe mode). Now run TDSSKiller and after that run RKill and after that run a full virus scan. The first two will take maybe 5 minutes each but a full virus scan can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on your hard drive size and number of files.

Booting in safe mode makes sure only minimal services/programs are started. TDSSKiller is designed specifically to look for rootkits. RKill is designed to stop the stealthing programs that hide/protect/regenerate some nasty viruses. Running these first will help ensure your A/V has the absolute best chance of cleaning up infected files.

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