How to create a Desktop Shortcut to disable device?
As a Gaming Laptop user, I must admit that it sucks up a lot of battery even if I am not doing any work that requires my powerful GPU. So for this, I decided to switch off my GPU so that I can pull out some extra juice for my laptop, which I did in the end. Turning off my GPU gave me extra battery life but also when I required the GPU, I always had to go to Device Manager to turn on my Graphics Card, which was very frustrating for a lazy guy like me.
Although my laptop has a key called ID/GFX for turning off GPU completely and to run on Integrated Graphics which is nice considering how power saving that feature is but it requires a restart. So I had to find a solution and this article is the result of that.
How to disable device the normal way?
Step 1: Right-Click This PC and click Manage.
Step 2: Open Device Manager from the left menu.
Step 3: Select the appropriate Device from the list.
Step 4: Right-click on selected device and click Disable device.
Step 5: Click Yes and your device will be Disabled.
Now every time we have to perform this 5 steps to enable or disable any device. To avoid this we will create a desktop shortcut to disable a device for this we will be using a software called DevManView which is an alternative to normal Windows Device Manager but this one has a Command Prompt feature to enable or disable a device.
How to create a Desktop Shortcut to disable a device?
Step 1: Download and Install DevManView from this link.
Step 2: Extract the zip and copy DevManView.exe to any drive.
Step 3: Open DevManView.exe and find the device you want to disable.
Step 4: Copy the device`s Device Instance ID.
Step 5: Start Notepad and write following lines.
D:\DevManView.exe /disable "###DEVICE INSTANCE ID###"
where ###DEVICE INSTANCE ID### is your instance ID you copied from Step 4.
Step 6: Save the file as Device_Disable.bat on the same drive where you copied DevManView in Step 2.
Step 7: Create a desktop shortcut of Device_Disable.bat file and you are done!