Windows 10 Quick Tips – Admin Tools

Windows 10 Administrator Tools

There is a folder in Windows 10 (and previous versions) that holds a whole passel of administrator tools (read: utilities). Some can be accessed by using the Windows Key+ X hotkey (the so-called WinX Menu). However, there are many more utilities than are provided in this short list and in this week’s Quick Tips article, I’ll show you how to make them all available to you.

Admin Tools In File Explorer


There are currently 21 utilities in this folder, but this number changes as Microsoft will add and remove them on a seeming whimsy. To open this folder in File Explorer, do the following:

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. In the Address Bar, copy and paste this string: %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
  3. Hit Enter and you will see something similar to the above image

At this point, you can use whichever Admin Tool you need at the moment. Simple, yes?

Bonus Tip

If you don’t want to have to remember the above path in File Explorer, the Administrative Tools entry in Control Panel will bring you to the same place.

To open the Control Panel, you can find it using the Start Menu, or if you would like to create a shortcut to it on your desktop, read this Windows 10 Quick Tips – Special Desktop Links article to learn how.

As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,


About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.


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