Portable Devices in Device Manager

  1. RichardC's Avatar
    Posts : 158
    windows10 home v1903 OS build 18362.175
       #1

    Portable Devices in Device Manager


    When I go into Device Manager, click 'view', and check show hidden devices, I find portable devices that lists 20+ devices. Just looking at them tells me it occurs when I plug in a USB thumbdrive. My question is it okay to delete all of them? Is there an app or a cleanup function that's supposed to clean these up?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.   My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. RichardC's Avatar
    Posts : 158
    windows10 home v1903 OS build 18362.175
    Thread Starter
       #3

    lxo7, I downloaded usb oblivion and ran it. It removed six or so, but still left many others as you can see in screenshot below.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Screenshot (17).png 
Views:	2 
Size:	47.1 KB 
ID:	236406
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 11,392
    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    RichardC said: View Post
    ...show hidden devices, I find portable devices that lists 20+ devices. ...USB thumbdrive... My question is it okay to delete all of them?
    Yes, perfectly sate. If needed they will be reinstalled next time that usb is plugged in.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    #5

    RichardC said: View Post
    lxo7, I downloaded usb oblivion and ran it. It removed six or so, but still left many others as you can see in screenshot below.
    You could try Device Cleanup Tool from Tools for Windows

    That seems to work for me and you can set it to remove all (non PnP) devices not just old USB.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6. RichardC's Avatar
    Posts : 158
    windows10 home v1903 OS build 18362.175
    Thread Starter
       #6

    lx07 said: View Post
    You could try Device Cleanup Tool from Tools for Windows

    That seems to work for me and you can set it to remove all (non PnP) devices not just old USB.

    Thanks for the utility. Downloaded and ran. Real nice.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7.    #7

    Uwe Sieber's tools are truly awesome. It's worth spending some time poking around the site: Tools for Windows. Device Cleanup is terrific, but he's got lots of other good stuff, too.
    --Ed--
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
I noticed a few days ago that Device Manager was showing an unknown Device, and I'm not sure how to correct that. I was thinking of deleting it, but that I should ask on the forum first. My system seems to be running ok save for my running slow when...
Hello everyone, Laptop Samsung NP300V5A. Sound stops working about a month after Win 10 upgrade. No changes done at the time. Audio devices show up under Device Manager, but not under Playback/Recording Devices. Same for Realtek Sound Manager...
Hi All, On My Windows 10 Desktop, I am seeing few unknown devices in the Device Manager under Other Devices category. Please help me understand and know which are these devices for. Shown in the image attachment: 188301 These devices are...
Hello; Pictures are enclosed and marked accordingly on the bottom Working with Windows 10 Pro Version 1703 OS Build 15063.483 64 Bit x64-Based Processor I have a unique pain in the butt.I built this PC in 2011, and have had no problems...
On my laptop only my sd card and USB flash thumb drive show as removable devices, but on my newly installed 14393.693 desktop, all except my System and Boot drive volumes now show up in Device Manager as Portable Devices, even though they are just...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:54.
Find Us