Ports - Com and Lpt not in device manager

I do not have the "Ports" option showing up in device manager in Windows 7.  I have an internal modem, and I am trying to tether my blackberry, and there are no Ports - Com or Lpt.  It's just not there.  Any ideas?

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Last updated April 18, 2019 Views 91,218 Applies to:

Hi emstaples,


1.      Check if the device is hidden device.

i.                    Click show hidden devices under View

ii.                  expand all the nods under device manager

iii.                There would be many grayed out entries in device manager uninstall all the grayed out entries under all the nods and then restart the computer and plug the external device to the computer and check if it works.


2.      Check in the BIOS (integrated peripherals) if the com ports are enabled and set to 'auto'


BIOS DISCLAIMER: Modifying BIOS/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.


3.      If the above steps does not resolve then you might need to install the driver manually.


     Link: Installing new hardware: recommended links: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Installing-new-hardware-recommended-links


     Other link you may refer to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Install-or-remove-a-modem


Thanks and Regards:

Samhrutha G S - Microsoft Support.

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