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Administrative Tools - Add or Remove from Start Menu

How to Add or Remove Administrative Tools in Windows 7 Start Menu
Published by Brink
06 May 2009
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How to Add or Remove Administrative Tools in Windows 7 Start Menu


information   Information
Administrative Tools is a folder in Control Panel that contains tools for system administrators and advanced users. This will show you how to add or remove Administrative Tools from the Windows 7 Start Menu. By default, Adminsitrative Tools is not added to the Start Menu.
Note   Note
Some common administrative tools in this folder include:
  • Component Services - Configure and administer Component Object Model (COM) components. Component Services is designed for use by developers and administrators.
  • Computer Management - Manage local or remote computers by using a single, consolidated desktop tool. Using Computer Management, you can perform many tasks, such as monitoring system events, configuring hard disks, and managing system performance.
  • Data Sources (ODBC) - Use Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) to move data from one type of database (a data source) to another.
  • Event Viewer - View information about significant events, such as a program starting or stopping, or a security error, which are recorded in event logs.
  • iSCSI Initiator - Configure advanced connections between storage devices on a network.
  • Local Security Policy - View and edit Group Policy security settings.
  • Performance Monitor - View advanced system information about the central processing unit (CPU), memory, hard disk, and network performance.
  • Print Management - Manage printers and print servers on a network and perform other administrative tasks.
  • Services - Manage the different services that run in the background on your computer.
  • System Configuration - Identify problems that might be preventing Windows from running correctly.
  • Task Scheduler - Schedule programs or other tasks to run automatically.
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - Configure advanced firewall settings on both this computer and remote computers on your network.
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic - Check your computer's memory to see if it's functioning properly.
warning   Warning
You will need to be logged on as an administrator to access the Administrative Tools.

EXAMPLE: Administrative Tools added Only to All Programs menu
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OPTION ONE
Through Customize Start Menu Property Settings
1. Open the Customize Start Menu window, and scroll down to the System administrative tools option. (See screenshot below)
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2. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu Only
A) Select (dot) Display on the All Programs menu. (See screenshot above)

B) Go to step 5.
3. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) Select (dot) Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. (See screenshot below step 1)

B) Go to step 5.
4. To Not Display "Administrative Tools" in All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) Select (dot) Don't display this item. (See screenshot below step 1)
5. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 1)

6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
Through a REG file Download
1. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Display_Admin_Tools_All_Programs.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Display_Admin_Tools_All_Programs_and_Start Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. To Not Display "Administrative Tools" in All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Don't_Display_Admin_Tools.reg
download
4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION THREE
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
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4. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu Only
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on Start_AdminToolsRoot, type 0 (number zero), and click on OK.
NOTE: If the Start_AdminToolsRoot DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in Start_AdminToolsRoot and press enter.

B) In the right pane of Advanced, right click on Start_AdminToolsTemp, click on Delete, and click on Yes.

C) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on StartMenuAdminTools, type 1, and click on OK.
NOTE: If the StartMenuAdminTools DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in StartMenuAdminToolsand press enter.

D) Go to step 7.
5. To Add "Administrative Tools" to All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on Start_AdminToolsRoot, type 0 (number zero), and click on OK.
NOTE: If the Start_AdminToolsRoot DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in Start_AdminToolsRoot and press enter.

B) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on Start_AdminToolsTemp, type 2, and click on OK.
NOTE: If the Start_AdminToolsTemp DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in Start_AdminToolsTemp and press enter.

C) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on StartMenuAdminTools, type 1, and click on OK.
NOTE: If the StartMenuAdminTools DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in StartMenuAdminTools and press enter.

D) Go to step 7.
6. To Not Display "Administrative Tools" in All Programs Menu and Start Menu
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on Start_AdminToolsRoot, type 0 (number zero), and click on OK.
NOTE: If the Start_AdminToolsRoot DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in Start_AdminToolsRoot and press enter.

B) In the right pane of Advanced, right click on Start_AdminToolsTemp, click on Delete, and click on Yes.

C) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on StartMenuAdminTools, type 0 (number zero), and click on OK.
NOTE: If the StartMenuAdminTools DWORD is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in StartMenuAdminTools and press enter.
7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn









22 Oct 2009   #1
ashley

 
 

That`s great!! I am also working as a network administrator, but working in windows vista, so can I use the same procedure to add this tools in start menu with vista....?

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22 Oct 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ashley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can use the same procedure in Vista as well for this.

Start Menu - Customize - Vista Forums
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05 Dec 2011   #3
georgescarlett

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I cannot believe that there is not a simpler way of doing this. Administrative Tools is surely a key component of Win 7. Why has it got lost in my system? Isn't there a download that I can get that will fix the problem? All the mumbo jumbo above is beyond my ken and I am very disappointed that there is not better support available for this issue. Please MS, can you make it easier?
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05 Dec 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello George, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure what you mean. OPTION ONE in the tutorial above would be the simplist way to add "Administrative Tools" to the Start Menu.

If you like, I find the tutorial below makes using "Administrative Tools" a lot easier to use.

Administrative Tools - Cascading Desktop Context Menu
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06 Dec 2011   #5
georgescarlett

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello George, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure what you mean. OPTION ONE in the tutorial above would be the simplist way to add "Administrative Tools" to the Start Menu.

If you like, I find the tutorial below makes using "Administrative Tools" a lot easier to use.

Administrative Tools - Cascading Desktop Context Menu
Thanks for your prompt response. I followed the instructions as per the link. The file came down into a folder called Downloads and I followed the instructions from there - starting with the right click/merge/Run. Everything seemed to go OK but nothing happened.
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06 Dec 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

George,

Is "Administrative Tools" there now when you right click on the Desktop like in the example screenshot in that tutorial?
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06 Dec 2011   #7
georgescarlett

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
George,

Is "Administrative Tools" there now when you right click on the Desktop like in the example screenshot in that tutorial?
Once again, thanks for your exceptionally fast response. Yes - when I right click on the Desktop the Administrative Tools are there! But the Control Panel entry says the folder is empty!
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06 Dec 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, ok. They are missing in the Administrative Tools folder. The tutorial below will help show you how to restore the missing ones for your edition of Windows 7.

Administrative Tools - Restore Shortcuts
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06 Dec 2011   #9
georgescarlett

64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ah, ok. They are missing in the Administrative Tools folder. The tutorial below will help show you how to restore the missing ones for your edition of Windows 7.

Administrative Tools - Restore Shortcuts
Maybe I spoke too soon - when I right click on the Desktop then click Adminstrative Tools, they are listed but when I click on any of them I get a message saying: 'Windows cannot find C:\ProgramData\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Adminstrative Tools\Computer Management.lnk’
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