How to run Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows

Beginning with one of the Windows 10 Feature Updates, Microsoft has decided to hide the direct access of the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to its users. While this tool has been hidden, Microsoft has not completely wiped off this utility program from Windows and could be accessed upon digging deeper. In this post, I will guide you on How to Run the Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows 11/10

The Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows makes a lot of troubleshooting tasks simpler. As per the reason stated, Microsoft claims that after careful deliberation over research via telemetry, the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter had the lowest daily usage; and was usually operated in tandem with other troubleshooters and was no longer needed, and specific troubleshooters were to be used instead.

How to run Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows

How to Run Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows

While the Hardware and Device troubleshooter could be previously accessed just by executing the command msdt.exe; either in the Command Prompt or Windows Terminal or the Start search box or via heading over to the settings panel or control panel; Currently, directly executing the command will require for a support key provided by Microsoft which isn’t accessible to everyone. However, Here’s how you can access it:

How to Run Hardware Troubleshooter from CMD

  • Start by powering up either the Command Prompt or a Powershell Window.
  • Here, type in the query msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and press Enter.
  • With this, Windows will bring up the Hardware Troubleshooter Menu without asking for a support key.

Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

The Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter is a built-in offering from Microsoft for Windows, commonly used to fix users’ issues. It helps figure out the problems that might have befallen during the installation of new hardware or drivers on your system. The troubleshooter is automated and needs to be manually activated when an issue related to the hardware is encountered. It usually works by checking the common errors which may occur during the installation of the process.

The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter was an essential tool for many people; multiple users have complained that since they couldn’t find the hardware and devices troubleshooter, they have been facing multiple issues with Windows recognizing their SD card slots, brightness control shortcuts, Bluetooth malfunctioning, and lots more. With that, I Hope the solution mentioned above would have solved your issue, and you would have it back up and running.

With that said, Do you feel the need for an individual hardware troubleshooter in Windows 11/10? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

How does Hardware Troubleshooter help in Windows?

Windows runs system-level commands and tries to communicate with the hardware in question or with all in general. It can reset, restart, enable and disable the hardware to give it a fresh start. So if you have an issue with any particular hardware, it can quickly figure out the problem.

Why did Microsoft Remove the Hardware Troubleshooter?

While it works, it is possible that more assistance is needed, so Microsoft decided to hide it. It is best suited to be run with the Microsoft support team. That’s why if you run the msdt.exe tool, it will ask for a passkey provided by the support team.


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