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How to Restore Missing Default Administrative Tools Shortcuts in Windows 8 and 8.1

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Administrative tools in the Administrative Tools folder in Control Panel or on your Start or Apps screen help system administrators and advanced users manage system settings, view system information, troubleshoot problems, and more.

This tutorial will help you to restore any missing shortcuts in the Administrative Tools folder in Windows 8 and 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

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Some common administrative tools in this folder include:

• Component Services - Configure and administer Component Object Model (COM) components. Component Services is designed for use by developers and administrators.

• Computer Management - Manage local or remote computers by using a single, consolidated desktop tool. Using Computer Management, system administrators can perform many tasks, such as monitoring system events, configuring hard drives, and managing system performance.

• Defragment and Optimize Drives - Use Defragment and Optimize drives to help your computer run more efficiently. Windows automatically defragments and optimizes drives as part of regular maintenance.

• Disk Cleanup - Reduce the number of unnecessary files on your computer's drives. It deletes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes many other items that you might no longer need. Windows automatically runs Disk Cleanup as part of regular maintenance.

• Event Viewer - View information about significant events, such as a program starting or stopping, or a security error, which is recorded in event logs. This information is mostly used by administrators and advanced users to track down specific events for troubleshooting.

• iSCSI Initiator - Configure advanced connections between storage devices on a network.

• Local Security Policy - View and edit Group Policy security settings.

• ODBC Data Sources (32-bit and 64-bit) - Use Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) to move data from one type of database (a data source) to another.

• Performance Monitor - View advanced system information about the central processing unit (CPU), memory, drives, and network performance. This tool can help administrators and advanced users analyze how well a computer is functioning. Another place to view this information is on the Performance tab in Task Manager.

• Print Management - Manage printers and print servers on a network, and perform other administrative tasks.

• Resource Monitor - See how your system resources are being used by processes and services. Resource Monitor can help you analyze unresponsive processes, identify which apps are using files, and manage processes and services.

• Services - Control the different services that run in the background on your computer. You can also view this information on the Services tab in Task Manager.

• System Configuration - Identify problems that might be preventing Windows from running correctly. For more info, see What is System Configuration?

• System Information - View details about your computer, operating system, hardware, and software, including drivers—also known as msinfo32.exe. For more info, see What is System Information?

• Task Scheduler - Schedule programs or other tasks to run automatically.

• Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - Configure advanced firewall settings on both this computer and remote computers on your network.

• Windows Memory Diagnostic - Check your computer's memory to see if it's functioning properly. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

• Windows Power Shell - A task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration.

• Windows Power Shell ISE (32-bit and 64-bit) - The Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is a host application for Windows PowerShell. In Windows PowerShell ISE, you can run commands and write, test, and debug scripts in a single Windows-based graphic user interface with multiline editing, tab completion, syntax coloring, selective execution, context-sensitive help, and support for right-to-left languages. You can use menu items and keyboard shortcuts to perform many of the same tasks that you would perform in the Windows PowerShell console.

Here's How:

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download and save the .zip file below to your desktop.


2. Open the file, and open the Administrative Tools folder in the ZIP file. (see screenshot below)

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3. In a separate File Explorer window, open the hidden folder location below. (see screenshot below)

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

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4. Copy any missing shortcut that you want to restore from the ZIP file (step 2) into the Administrative Tools folder (step 3).

5. If prompted, click/tap on Continue to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

7. Unblock the restored shortcut in the Administrative Tools folder (step 3).

8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 if you would like to restore any other Administrative Tools shortcut.

That's it,