Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated November 13, 2017)
Administrative Tools are a collection of nuts-and-bolts applications that you use to, well, "administer" your system. They include programs that allow you to manage your disk drive, manage devices, adjust security settings, etc.
If you envision using such tools often, you may want them displayed on the Start menu or the Start screen. How you accomplish the task depends on the version of Windows you are using, however.
To add the Administrative Tools option to the Windows 7 Start menu, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Start Menu tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
Figure 2. The System Administrative Tools group of the Start menu.
To add the Administrative Tools option to the Start Screen on a Windows 8 system, follow these steps:
Figure 3. Choosing to display Administrative Tools.
Shortly you'll note that the number of tiles on the Start screen increases. What you've added is the Administrative Tools. You can now use the tools, as desired.
To add the Administrative Tools option to the Start menu in Windows 10, follow these steps:
The Administrative Tools option now appears as a tile on your Start menu. Clicking it opens up the familiar Administrative Tools window on your system. (See Figure 4.)
Figure 4. The Administrative Tools in the Windows 10 Start menu.
This tip (12705) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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