How to Enable Plug N Play

by Kefa Olang

Plug and Play is a simple Windows controller that enables your Windows computer to recognize and adjust to hardware changes and devices plugged on your computer such as hard drives, memory cards and USB and Firewire-powered devices with little or no input from a user. If your system is not recognizing plugged-in hardware, the plug-and-play device may be disabled and may cause instability on your system. Enabling this feature is simple.

1

Click "Start" on your computer screen and then click "Run."

2

Type in services.msc on the run window and hit "Enter."

3

Scroll down the services window and right-click "Plug and Play." Click "Properties" on the pop-up menu. Select "Automatic" under start-up type if it is disabled. Click "OK" to save the changes.

4

Click "Start" on your screen and click "Control Panel." Double-click "System" and click the "Hardware" tab.

5

Click the "Device Manager" button and then right-click the plug-and-play device you want to enable, then click "Enable." Close the device manager.

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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.