Where are the administrative tools in Windows 11?

Windows administrative tools have always been a great way to manage your installation. They allow you to view ongoing processes, track logs and events, adjust services and tasks on your PC, and much more.

But with Windows 11, a lot has changed for administrative tools, and many users find it difficult to locate them in the operating system. If you're in the same boat, here's all you need to know about administrative tools in Windows 11.

What has changed for administrative tools in Windows 11?

Two things have changed for Administrative Tools in Windows 11. First, they have been renamed Windows Tools. You can find them with the same name in many other locations in Windows 11.

Second, new existing tools have been added to this category that were previously standalone utilities in Windows 11. This makes it easier to locate and find all your admin tools in one location so you can easily access and switch between them when needed.

How to access administrative tools in Windows 11

You can access Administrative Tools or Windows Tools in Windows 11 in 6 different ways. Follow any of the sections below based on your current preferences and requirements.

Method 1: Use the control panel

The proven way of accessing Administrative Tools from Control Panel still works. You will find them under their new name when you start Control Panel.

Press Windows + R throwRun.

Type the following and press Enter . You can also accessControl Panelfrom thewindows searchif required.

control

Click the dropdown menu in the upper right corner and selectbig icons.

Clickwindows toolsin the background.

A new folder will now open inside File Explorer containing your old administrative tools and the new Windows tools, all in one location. Double click and launch the preferred tool to manage your PC.

And this is how you can access Windows Tools from Control Panel.

Method 2: Use Run

you can also useRunto start Windows tools from anywhere on your PC. Follow the steps below to help you with the process.

Press Windows + R throwRun.

Type the following and press Enter . You can also clickokayif required.

control admintools

Note:You can also use the command shell:control administrative tools . However, this will open the old list of administrative tools without the new addition to Windows tools in Windows 11.

Now a new window will open on your PC which will show you the list of Windows tools.

And this is how you can access Windows Tools using Run.

Method 3: Use the Search/Start menu

throw theStart Menuto writewindows Tools,and launch the same from your search results.

Now a new window will open with the new list of Windows tools available in Windows 11.

You will now have used the Start menu or Windows Search to access Windows Tools on your PC.

Method 4: Using CMD

This is how you can access Windows tools using the command prompt. Follow the steps below to help you with the process.

Press Windows + R throwRun.

Type the following and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter .

cmd

Now use the following command to accesswindows tools.

control admintools

You will now have a File Explorer window with Windows Tools open on your screen.

And this is how you can access Windows Tools using Command Prompt.

Method 5: Using PowerShell

You can also use PowerShell to access Windows Tools on your PC. This is how you can start.

Press Windows + R to launch theRundialog box.

Type the following and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter .

powershell

Type the following to openwindows tools.

control admintools

Now a new window with Windows Tools will open on your screen.

Method 6 – Use a custom shortcut

You can also create a custom shortcut in a preferred location to access Windows tools when needed. This is how you can start.

Note:These shortcuts will open the old Windows 10 Administrative Tools list instead of the new Windows Tools list.

Open the desired location where you want to place your Windows Tools shortcut. We will use the desktop for this. example. Right click on an empty area and selectNew.

ClickShortcut.

Now copy and paste any of the paths below into the text box.

  • Route 1: C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAdministrative Tools
  • Route 2: %ProgramData%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAdministrative Tools

Clicknext.

Type a custom name for your shortcut if you like.

ClickTo finalizeonce you're done.

And that is! You will now have created a Windows Tools shortcut in the desired location.

Windows tools offered in Windows 11

Here are all the Windows tools offered in Windows 11. We have included a CMD command to help you launch the same from anywhere on your desktop.

Characters map

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/charmap.exe

Symbol of the system

Command Prompt is the default command line interpreter in Windows. We recommend that you start it with the Run utility. Follow the steps below to help you with the process.

Press Windows + R throwRun.

Write the following.

cmd

Now press one of the following depending on your preferences.

  • Enter :This will start CMD as a current local user.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter :This will start CMD as administrator of the current PC.

You will now have launched CMD on your PC.

component services

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/dcomcnfg.exe

Computer management

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/CompMgmtLauncher.exe

Control Panel

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/control.exe

Defragment and optimize drives (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/defrag.exe

Disk Cleanup (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/cleanmgr.exe

Event Viewer (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/eventvwr.exe

iSCSI initiator (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%/system32/iscsicpl.exe

Local Security Policy (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32secpol.msc /s

ODBC Data Sources (32-bit and 64-bit) (Old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%syswow64odbcad32.exe

Performance Monitor (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32perfmon.msc /s

Print management (old)

  • cmd-command: %systemroot%system32printmanagement.msc

quick assistance

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32quickassist.exe

recovery unit

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32RecoveryDrive.exe

registry editor

  • cmd-command: regedit

remote desktop connection

  • cmd-command: mstsc

Resource Monitor (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32perfmon.exe /res

Run

just use Windows + R throwRunfrom anywhere in Windows 11.

Services (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32services.msc

System Configuration (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32msconfig.exe

System Information (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32msinfo32.exe

Task Manager

Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager from anywhere within Windows 11.

Task Scheduler (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32taskschd.msc /s

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security (Old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32WF.msc

Windows Fax and Scan

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32WFS.exe

Windows Media Player Legacy

  • cmd-command: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%Windows Media Playerwmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1

Windows Memory Diagnostic (Old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32MdSched.exe

Windows PowerShell (x64 and x86) (old)

  • cmd-command: powershell

Note:If you want to start PowerShell separately, use the same command inRuninstead.

Windows PowerShell ISE (x64 and x86) (old)

  • cmd-command: %windir%system32WindowsPowerShellv1.0PowerShell_ISE.exe

wordpad

  • cmd-command: "%ProgramFiles%Windows NTAccessorieswordpad.exe"

We hope this guide helped you get familiar with the new Windows tools in Windows 11. If you run into any issues or have any further questions, feel free to reach out in the comments below.

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