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Windows 7: [Control Panel] » [Administrative Tools] points to the wrong location


05 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
[Control Panel] » [Administrative Tools] points to the wrong location

In the process of trying to customize my Start Menu, I temporarily moved {Administrative Tools} to another location; actually, I renamed the directory to {Admin Tools} and moved it here:
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{C:\Users\‹acct_name›\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System·Admin}
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I've managed to get the directory back to its original location, but now the [Administrative Tools] link inside Control Panel is still pointing to the old location. Is there a way to tweak this link, to set it back to the correct location... maybe via the Registry?

Thanks,
--Thri


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05 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thricipio View Post
Is there a way to tweak this link, to set it back to the correct location... maybe via the Registry?
Yes, you can restore the proper location by inputting its path as the Value data for the Value name, Common Administrative Tools found in these two Registry keys:
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
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Then, reboot.

Thri, you can thank me later.
--Your Better Half (YBH)
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05 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thricipio View Post
you can restore the proper location by inputting its path into these Registry keys:
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
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Then, reboot.
Not so fast, YBH... what you suggested worked, but I'm now back in the situation where I can't see {Administrative Tools} in my Start Menu.

So, I think we'll have to wait and hope that someone who knows what's what (no offense, YBH) can chime in and lend a hand.

--Thri
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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05 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thricipio View Post
So, I think we'll have to wait and hope that someone who knows what's what (no offense, YBH) can chime in and lend a hand.
Thri- that might be me afterall.

Not that I came up with the answer myself; I found it here: OPTION 1, Step 2.

Thank you, Brink!
--YBH
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05 May 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You always like to talk to yourself. What is the purpose of the postings.
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05 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You always like to talk to yourself[?] What is the purpose of the postings.
Well, the original posting (#1) was because I had the problem. But then I searched the Registry and found what I thought was the answer (#2). At this point, it seemed like a reasonable idea to keep the posts, since someone else may have the same problem and would find an answer. But then, I ended up not being able to see Administrative Tools in my Start Menu, so I thought it would be a good idea to present this follow-up, since I now had a new (but related) problem (#3). Then I found the answer to that (#4).

If I could have removed the thread entirely, I would have given that serious consideration. But I cannot (I don't think). If the forum administrator thinks it's a useless thread and wants to delete it, I won't be offended.

--Thri
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05 May 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Now I understand. The purpose was educational. That's OK. Looked a bit funny though.

You can remove your own posts when you go to Edit > Advanced > Delete Message.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can remove your own posts when you go to Edit > Advanced > Delete Message.
Good to know.

Given I have straw for brains, I'm sure the opportunity will present itself!

--Thri
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