How to Open Administrative Tools in Windows 10

Administrative Tools is one of the most useful folders available in Windows 10. Tools contained there allow the user to manage many parameters of the operating system. Here are all ways you can use to access the Administrative Tools in Windows 10.


Administrative Tools Windows 10

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Open Administrative Tools from Start Menu
  3. Open Administrative Tools from Settings
  4. Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel
  5. Open Administrative Tools with Shell Command

Windows 10 comes with a number of utilities available in the Administrative Tools folder. These include:

Component Services - Manage Component Object Model (COM) components. These services should be used by developers and administrators.

Computer Management - Allows to manage various options of local or remote computers with a consolidated user interface. It allows you to maintain file systems, view logs and manage users and system services. This tool includes a number of tools which available separately in the Administrative Tools folder.

Defragment and Optimize Drives - While Windows automatically defragments drives as part of regular maintenance, this tool allows you to execute the defragmentation manually.

Disk Cleanup - Use this tool to remove temporary files, old logs, empty the Recycle Bin, and delete redundant Windows Update files.

Event Viewer - View system and application logs.

Hyper-V Manager - Allows the user to manage his virtualization platform where available.

iSCSI Initiator - Configures connections between storage devices on a network.

Local Security Policy - Launches the Group Policy Editor app.

ODBC Data Sources - Launches the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) where the user configure connections to various database engines and data sources.

Performance Monitor - Shows systems information about CPU, RAM, network and other system resources usage in detail.

Print Management - Allows the user to manage printers and print servers on a network.

Resource Monitor - Shows the resource usage per app in detail.

Services - Manages all the system services which run in the background in Windows.

System Configuration - This tool, known as msconfig.exe, allows the user to change the startup options of the operating system and manage its boot process.

System Information - Shows information about the computer, its OS and hardware. This tool as also known as msinfo32.exe.

Task Scheduler - This tool allows the user to schedule apps and tools to run automatically.

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - Allows to change options for the built-in Firewall app on local or remote computer using the advacned user interface.

Windows Memory Diagnostic - Allows to check the installed RAM for errors.

Here how you can access them.

Open Administrative Tools from Start Menu

Click the Start button on the taskbar to open the Start menu in Windows 10 and go to Windows Administrative Tools in the All Apps view.

Administrative Tools Start Menu

Tip: You can save your time and use alphabet navigation in the Start menu.

Expand the Administrative Tools group and you are done.

Open Administrative Tools from Settings

To access Administrative Tools from the Settings app, do the following.

Open Settings and go to System -> About.Administrative Tools Settings

In Related Settings, click on the link Additional administrative tools and you are done.

Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel

Open Control Panel and go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools. All the tools will be available there.Administrative Tools Control Panel

Open Administrative Tools with Shell Command

Press Win + R on the keyboard and type or paste the following in the Run box:

shell:common administrative tools

Administrative Tools Shell CommandAdministrative Tools Windows 10

The command above is a special shell command. You can use shell commands to access various system folders and options directly. For the full command reference, see the following article: List of shell commands in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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