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What is Device Stage and how is it used?

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Device Stage is a new feature of the Windows® 7 operating system that is used to simplify the process of connecting and using hardware devices, such as music players, printers, webcams and mobile phones. Once the device is recognized, Device Stage allows you to see the status of the device and run common tasks related to it all from a single window. Device Stage has the same structure for all devices but the contents vary depending on the device. The information and functionality available for a given device will vary from one manufacturer to another because Device Stage can be customized by the manufacturer.

To open Device Stage and view a device, follow the procedure below.

NOTE: In the example images, the device is a Sony® Walkman® Digital Media player.

  1. Connect the device per the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Click the Start button and then click Devices and Printers.

    NOTE: After the device is connected and recognized, it will appear in the Devices and Printers window.


  3. In the Devices and Printers window, double-click the device image.
  4. In the device name window, in the bottom pane, double-click the action you would like to perform.