How to Find Hardware IDs


If there is something wrong with the hardware of your computer and you don’t know what exactly it is, the hardware IDs of the device can help you identify it. They will show you some information about the manufacturer and model.

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Do you know how to find the hardware IDs? If no, don’t panic. Here is the guide to show you how to find hardware IDs. Read on to get it.

How to find hardware IDs in Device Manager?

To find the hardware IDs of a device, you can follow the tutorial below.

Step 1. Right click the Start button and click on the Device Manager to open it.

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Or you can choose to launch the Device Manager by typing “devmgmt.msc” into the Run dialog box to run it.

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Step 2. Right click the device you want to check and select Properties from the pop-up menu.

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Step 3. Get to the Details tab.

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Step 4. Select Hardware Ids from the drop-down menu under Property.

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The entries listed in the Value box are all the hardware IDs of the device. You can right click them to choose to copy them.

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Also Read: Fix the Base System Device Driver Issue in Device Manager on Windows 10

How to identify the device from the hardware IDs?

There can be multiple hardware IDs for a device. How can we identify the device from these hardware IDs?

Generally, the top one in the hardware IDs list is the most specific identifier.

A hardware ID is typically in the form of <Bus>\<Vendor ID>&<Device ID>&<Additional IDs>, such as PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_79721462&REV_06.

In the hardware IDs, there are two important parts that can help you identify the device. One is the Vendor ID which indicates the manufacturer (vendor), and the other one is the Device ID which indicates the specific model of the device.

Vendor ID is the four characters after VEN_. And Device ID is the four characters after DEV_.

Let’s make an example. In PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_79721462&REV_06, the Vendor ID is 8086 and the Device ID is 1912.

You can use these IDs to find what exactly the device is.

Bonus Tip: Below are some common Vendor IDs for your reference:

  • 8086 – Intel
  • 1002 – ATI
  • 1022 – AMD
  • 10DE – NVIDIA
  • 14E4 – Broadcom
  • 168C – Atheros
  • 10EC – Realtek
  • 1102 – Creative
  • 046D – Logitech

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