Where Are 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, keep a track of logs and events, adjust services and tasks on your PC, and a lot more.

But with Windows 11, a lot of things have changed for Administrative Tools and many users are finding it difficult to locate them in the OS. If you’re in the same boat then here’s all you need to know about administrative tools in Windows 11. 

What’s changed for Administrative Tools in Windows 11?

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

Secondly, new existing tools have been added to this category that was 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 whenever needed.

How to access Administrative Tools on Windows 11

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

Method 1: Using the Control Panel

The tried and tested way of accessing Administrative Tools from the Control Panel still works. You will find them under their new name when launching Control Panel. 

Press Windows + R to launch Run.

Type in the following and press Enter. You can also access Control Panel from the Windows Search if needed. 

control

Click the drop-down menu in the top right corner and select Large icons.

Click Windows Tools at the bottom.

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

And that’s how you can access Windows Tools from the Control Panel.

Method 2: Using Run

You can also use Run to launch Windows tools from anywhere on your PC. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Press Windows + R to launch Run

Type in the following and press Enter. You can also click OK if needed. 

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.

A new window will now launch on your PC showing you the list of Windows Tools.

 

And that’s how you can access Windows Tools using Run.

Method 3: Using the Search/Start menu

Launch the Start menu, type in Windows tools, and launch the same from your search results. 

A new window will now 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

Here’s how you can access Windows Tools using the Command Prompt. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process. 

Press Windows + R to launch Run.

Type in the following and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

cmd

Now use the following command to access Windows Tools.

control admintools

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

And that’s how you can access Windows Tools using the Command Prompt.

Method 5: Using PowerShell

You can also use PowerShell to access Windows Tools on your PC. Here’s how you can get started.

Press Windows + R to launch the Run dialog box.

Type in the following and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

powershell

Type in the following to open Windows Tools.

control admintools

A new window with Windows Tools will now open on your screen.

Method 6: Using a custom shortcut

You can also create a custom shortcut in a preferred location to access Windows Tools whenever needed. Here’s how you can get started.

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

Open the desired location where you wish to place your Windows Tools shortcut. We will be using the desktop for this example. Right-click on an empty area and select New.

Click Shortcut.

Now copy and paste either of the paths below in the text box.

  • Path 1: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
  • Path 2: %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

Click Next.

Type in a custom name for your shortcut if you’d like. 

Click Finish once you’re done.

And that’s it! You will now have created a shortcut to Windows Tools 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.

Character Map

  • CMD command: %windir%/system32/charmap.exe

Command Prompt

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

Press Windows + R to launch Run.

Type in the following.

cmd

Now press one of the following depending on your preferences. 

  • Enter: This will launch CMD as a current local user.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter: This will launch CMD as an administrator for 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%\system32\secpol.msc /s

ODBC Data Sources (32-bit & 64-bit) (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\syswow64\odbcad32.exe

Performance Monitor (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\perfmon.msc /s

Print Management (old)

  • CMD command: %systemroot%\system32\printmanagement.msc

Quick Assist

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\quickassist.exe

Recovery Drive

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\RecoveryDrive.exe 

Registry Editor

  • CMD command: regedit 

Remote Desktop Connection

  • CMD command: mstsc

Resource monitor (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\perfmon.exe /res

Run

Simply use Windows + R to launch Run from anywhere in Windows 11.

Services (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\services.msc

System Configuration (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\msconfig.exe

System Information (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\msinfo32.exe

Task Manager

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

Task Scheduler (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc /s

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\WF.msc

Windows Fax and Scan

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\WFS.exe

Windows Media Player Legacy

  • CMD command: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1

Windows Memory Diagnostic (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\MdSched.exe

Windows PowerShell (x64 & x86) (old)

  • CMD command: powershell

Note: If you wish to launch PowerShell separately, use the same command in Run instead.

Windows PowerShell ISE (x64 & x86) (old)

  • CMD command: %windir%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell_ISE.exe

Wordpad

  • CMD command: "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe"

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

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