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How to find the device IDs for hardware that already has a driver installed

While finding device IDs to install drivers is extremely helpful, there may be times when you want to find the device ID of a device that already has a driver installed, so as to see if there are newer or more streamlined drivers available.

The following illustrates how to do this on Windows 7.

First, go to Control Panel > System and open Device Manager.

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Select a device from the tree and right-click it and select Properties.

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On the details tab, drop down the Properties selector and select Hardware Ids.

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Read VID is Vendor ID and PID is device ID

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