All external devices connected to your system “report” in this section. The pen drive, printer, keyboard, mouse, smartphone, etc. that you connect to your machine get registered here. You can manage all of them from here.

How to Access It

  • Invoke Settings Charm either through the Charms Bar or key combo “Win + I”.
  • Select “Change PC Settings” option located at the bottom of the Settings Charm pane. This will launch PC Settings.
  • Select “Devices” tab from the left pane of PC Settings.

The Devices section lists all the external connected devices. Besides that, if Windows fail to automatically detect any device that you have connected, then you can add it manually.

Also, you can remove any device by simply clicking on the circular button containing a “-“on the right side of the selected device.

Windows 8 provides a new facility for metered connection. If you work on a metered bandwidth, then you might want to save unnecessary downloads. In this case, simply turn off “Download over metered connections” from this section.

Now, if Windows detects a metered connection, it won’t automatically download device drivers in order to save you bandwidth.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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