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Windows 7: Administrative Tools Location in Control Panel

20 May 2011   #11

windows 7, 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Youka View Post
What is the default location for the Administrative Tools shortcut that resides in the Control Panel?

The reason I ask is because if I click on "Administrative Tools" in the Control Panel, I get an error message that states that the "Location is Not Available".

The "location" that is spelled out in the error message specifies a subfolder that does not exist on my system, as follows:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\STUFF\Administrative Tools.
So I searched the registry for all references to STUFF, and deleted the reference (there were 3 of them) from the registry keys, rebooted, and . . .

Everything works . . .

"Administrative Tools" are now accessible via the Control Panel, Start Menu and All Programs.

It should be noted that "STUFF" was a horribly gone wrong attempt to correct this problem using a suggestion from a blog.

Wish I had found this Forum first! It would have saved me a lot of grief.

Thanks, Everyone!

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20 May 2011   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Ed. I'm happy to hear that you were able to sort out the mess that site left you in.
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20 May 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

well done, M8
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21 May 2011   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Youka you answered my late question. Where did Stuff come form.
Welcome to the best Windows 7 forum in the world.
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19 Feb 2018   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Hey guys, I hv the same problem too....HELP PLZZZ

I found the registry path and on the right side window, there is the registry file named Administrative Tools.

Now what to do with it?????????

I found the file, but how to solve the problem.
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19 Feb 2018   #16

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Jinder, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

If this issue has just started recently, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started may help.
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