7 Ways To Open Windows Administrative Tools

Windows Administrative Tools is a collection of several advanced tools that are commonly used by system administrators. These tools are used to manage several operating system parameters for troubleshooting. If you are having trouble locating the said tools, you can follow these 7 steps.

1. Run Dialog

Opening the administrative tools through the use of Run Dialog is the fastest way but you have to memorize the command to be able to access it.

To open the Run Dialog, press the Windows logo + R key on your keyboard simultaneously or click on the Windows logo or Start menu then search “run”. Click on the “Run” app to open it.

When the “Run” app is open, type “control admintools” and then click on “OK”. Once you click on the “OK” button, it will automatically open the lists of Windows Administrative tools.

2. Control Panel

To open the “Control Panel”, press the Windows logo on your keyboard then type “control”. Click on the “Control Panel” app to open it.

Once the “Control Panel” is open, look at the top left corner then click the “View by” drop-down and select the “Small Icons” option. This will show the list of items in the Control Panel.

Look for the “Administrative Tools” from the lists of tools shown in the control panel then click on it to open.

One way to locate the “Administrative Tools” in the Control Panel is to go into the search box on the top-left side then type “administrative” and hit enter.

3. Windows Search

Windows Search is one of the most helpful Windows utilities because it helps you find any app or documents that are saved on your computer. To open the “Administrative Tools” using Windows search, press the Windows logo on your keyboard then type “administrative”. This method is the same as clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right corner of your monitor and typing “administrative”. Once you type in “administrative” the “Windows Administrative Tools” will pop up and all you have to do is click on it then it will automatically open.

4. Command Prompt

To open the “Administrative Tools” using Command Prompt, you have to open your Command Prompt as an administrator. Opening the “Command Prompt” as an administrator allows you to run commands that require administrative privileges. To do so, follow the steps below.

Press the Windows logo on your keyboard then type “cmd”. Choose the “Command Prompt” app from the list of options. On the left side menu, click on the “Run as administrator”. This will allow you to open the “Command Prompt” as an administrator.

Once you click on the “Run as administrator”, there will be a pop-up window that will ask you if you will allow the Command Prompt app to make changes to your computer. Click on the “Yes” button to open the Command Prompt. Once you were able to open the Command Prompt app, type “control admintools” and then hit enter and the “Administrative Tools” will automatically open.

5. PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is based on the .Net Framework and it is developed by Microsoft. This is a task-based command-line interface designed for system administrators. To open the “Administrative Tools” using “Windows PowerShell”, press the Windows logo on your keyboard and type “powershell”.  

Right-click on the “Windows PowerShell” app then click on “Run as administrator” or you can click on the “Run as administrator” on the left menu. Click the “Yes” button if you are asked if you want “Windows PowerShell” to make changes to your computer.

When you are able to open the “Windows PowerShell”, type “control admintools” then hit enter and the “Administrative Tools” will then pop up.

6. Taskbar

If you want to easily access an application, you can pin it on the taskbar so that whenever you need to open it, you can open it with a single click. To pin the “Administrative Tool” in your taskbar, press the Windows logo on your keyboard and type “administrative”. On the left side menu, click on “Pin to taskbar”.   You can also right-click on the “Windows Administrative Tools” then click on the “Pin to taskbar”.

Check your taskbar if the “Windows Administrative Tools” is added. The next time you want to access the “Windows Administrative Tools”, you can just click on the gear icon pinned on your taskbar.

7. Desktop Shortcut

If you frequently need to access the admin tools, you can create a custom desktop shortcut for it so that you can access it anytime by just double-clicking the shortcut you created on your desktop.

To create a custom “Administrative Tools” shortcut on your desktop, follow the steps below.

Press the Windows logo on your keyboard and press “administrative”. On the options on the left side, click on “Open file location”.

Open your notepad and type the location of your “Administrative tools”. Refer to the example below on how to write the location of the “Administrative Tools”. Once you are done typing the location, copy it because you will need it later.

On your desktop, right-click then hover on the “New Option” then click on “Shortcut”. This will allow you to create a shortcut on your desktop.

There will be a pop-up window asking you what item you would like to create a shortcut for. Paste the location of the “Administrative Tools” that you copied from the notepad then click on “Next”.

Name the shortcut that you have created. In our case, because we are creating a shortcut for our “Administrative Tools” we will name the shortcut “Administrative Tools”. After you are done typing the name of the shortcut, click on the “Finish” button then check your desktop. The shortcut “Administrative Tools” should be on your desktop and once you double-click on it, you will automatically open the lists of “Administrative Tools”.

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