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Windows 7: Administrative Tools Shortcut on Start menu

19 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Administrative Tools Shortcut on Start menu

Today I put Administrative Tools to start menu


I checked both because I wanted to delete the one in programs cause I wanted to have only one on the start (the right side)



When I deleted it from programs menu, the one I left stopped working.(could not open)

So then I found out ,that they cant work without each other.

So i went to check if the Administrative Tools on CP works, and it didnt.

Thanks God I didnt delete the one that I deleted from recycle bin, so I restored it and it was OK.

Im asking you:
Is that Ok ,if you delete the Administrative tools from programs menu or anywhere else and than it stops working. I mean this is shortcut
and not a real folder, so if you delete it ,the original Administrative tools should be untouched.

I think this should not happened

sorry for my english


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19 Sep 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DigDeep,

If you delete the Administrative Tools folder from either location, it will delete it everywhere and cause it to no longer work. This folder is tied to all locations, and is not a shortcut in the Start Menu.
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19 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

One way you can achive what you are looking to do is to place the tools in both locations and then right click on the folder in all programs and change the properties to hidden.

You may need to log off and on to make this take
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11 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

I did the exact same thing only I emptied the recycle bin. Now I have no access to the Administrative Tools. Does anyone know how to either restore these items or have any suggestions about what I should do?

Thanks,
Scott
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11 Oct 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Scott, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can try a System Restore using a restore point dated before you deleted Administrative Tools. If that fails to restore them, then you can do a repair install to restore them.
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11 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Welcome Scott & DigDeep.

Here's an easier and quicker solution than a system restore, repair install, or clean install.
Just extract the .rar included in my post and copy the folder into your start menu all programs list
Just drag and drop the folder into the menu. If asked to merge the folder, click yes.

I just tested this, and it works
This is just a copy of the exact folder that should be there.
I've included the x86 and x64 copies, so pick what you need

To extract the .rar, use something like winrar WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files or 7-zip 7-Zip

Warning- you may need to edit the shortcuts within the folder, depending upon the drive letter that Windows is installed on. If it's on C:\ then you're fine


Attached Files
File Type: rar Administrative Tools x86.rar (6.4 KB, 62 views)
File Type: rar Administrative Tools x64.rar (6.3 KB, 74 views)
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11 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks everyone for your help!
The first thing I tried was putting in a spare drive and re-installing Windows 7 there. I copied what I thought was the correct folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools) and then switched back to the original drive. I copied the folder to the same location and it didn't seem to change anything (now that I'm thinking about it I never tried re-booting the machine which might have made it work).

Anyway, using the system restore point wasn't really an option since I deleted the folder early on and had installed a bunch of applications after that. I did test the system restore option though, using the spare drive, and it would work if you hadn't made too many other changes after deleting it.

I ended up using the repair install option which seemed to work perfectly. One thing I did notice is that the repair install takes MUCH longer than the original install. Also, it was nice enough to tell me that I would need to re-install my video card drivers which seems to be the only thing that didn't stay intact with the "upgrade".

Since I had saved off the administrative folder from the 64 bit version of Windows 7 I'll add it here in case anyone else down the road could use it.

Thanks again,
Scott


Attached Files
File Type: zip Administrative_Tools.zip (8.7 KB, 33 views)
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11 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scott47 View Post
Thanks everyone for your help!
You're welcome Scott
I did just get the x64 folder from one of my other computers and edited my post to include it, before I noticed that you had added it. lol
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11 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheVinesKid View Post
You're welcome Scott
I did just get the x64 folder from one of my other computers and edited my post to include it, before I noticed that you had added it. lol
It's probably better that way anyway, so someone looking has both versions in the same posting.
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12 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scott47 View Post
It's probably better that way anyway, so someone looking has both versions in the same posting.
Yea
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