Start and stop non-Plug and Play drivers

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To start and stop non-Plug and Play drivers

  1. Open Device Manager.

  2. Click the View menu, and then click Show hidden devices.

  3. In the list of devices, double-click Non-Plug and Play Drivers, right-click a device, and then click Properties.

  4. On the Driver tab, click Start or Stop to start or stop the device driver, and then click OK.


  • Starting or stopping a non-system device incorrectly can cause it to stop working.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Device Manager, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Device Manager.

  • If the Start button on the Driver tab is unavailable, the driver is already loaded.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Update or change a device driver
Change the startup type for non-Plug and Play drivers
View devices and resource settings
View information about a device driver
Using the runas command with MMC