Microsoft provides a number of powerful administrator tools as part of the WIndows operating system, to help us manage our computers.
By default, these are not really hidden (as in, they will be displayed if you look in the right folders), but you have to know what they are and how to start them.
Most of us are familiar with the Device Manager, which helps us recognize when Windows doesn’t recognize a device (e.g., a monitor, disk drive, network card, etc.) that we’ve installed. We usually get to this one via the Control Panel.
Many of us have also used the Disk Management console to create partitions, format partitions, etc. We might start it also via the Control Panel or by typing diskmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box (see Windows 7 – Adding a Run Command to the Start Menu).
You can get to (almost) the full set of administrator tools via one of the Control Panel’s selections:
Control Panel > System & Security > Administrative Tools, which will open Windows Explorer in a setting to display the tools.
You can make the set much more accessible by putting a link directly on the Start Menu. The result, when you click on Administrator Tools on the Start Menu, is the following as a cascading (fly-out) menu.
So, how can you add the Administrator Tools to the Start Menu?
The process is the same as the process for Adding a Run Command to the Start Menu, except you turn on a different option.
- Right-click on the Start Menu
- pick Properties,
- Click the Start Menu tab,
- select the Customize… button,
- Scroll to the System Administrator tools options
- select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start Menu.
Now, you’ve got ready access to the set of Windows Administrator Tools — you don’t have to type their names to run them.
You don’t even have to remember how the names are abbreviated!