Windows – Administrative Tools lost

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I can't find any icon in my Administrative Tools folder. How I can restore them?

Best Answer

  • I have never seen them deleted. Go to control panel and look for "Administrative tools".

    If you cannot find them, then you can recreate shortcuts through the following (this is a complete list of all of them, not just Windows XP):

    Active Directory Management  admgmt.msc
    ADSI Edit  adsiedit.msc
    Application Server  appsrv.msc
    Authorization Manager  azman.msc
    Certificates  certmgr.msc
    Certificate Authority  certsrv.msc
    Certificate Templates  certtmpl.msc
    Indexing Service  ciadv.msc
    Component Services  comexp.msc
    Computer Management  compmgmt.msc
    Default Domain Controller Security Settings  dcpol.msc
    Device Manager  devmgmt.msc
    Disk defragmenter  dfrg.msc
    Distributed File System  dfsgui.msc
    DHCP  dhcpmgmt.msc
    Disk Management  diskmgmt.msc
    DNS  dnsmgmt.msc
    Active Directory Domains and Trusts  domain.msc
    Default Domain Security Settings  dompol.msc
    Active Directory Users and Computers  dsa.msc
    Active Directory Sites and Services  dssite.msc
    Event Viewer  eventvwr.msc
    Exchange System Manager  Exchange System Manager.msc
    File Server Management  filesvr.msc
    Shared Folders  fsmgmt.msc
    Microsoft Fax Service Manager  fxsadmin.msc
    Group Policy  gpedit.msc
    Group Policy Management  gpmc.msc
    Internet Authentication Service  ias.msc
    Internet Information Services  iis.msc
    IP Address Management  ipaddrmgmt.msc
    Local Users and Groups  lusrmgr.msc
    .NET Configuration 1.1  mscorcfg.msc
    Removable Storage  ntmsmgr.msc
    Removable Storage Operator Requests  ntmsoprq.msc
    Performance  perfmon.msc
    Enterprise PKI  pkiview.msc
    Public Key Management  pkmgmt.msc
    Routing and Remote Access   rrasmgmt.msc
    Remote Storage  rsadmin.msc
    Resultant Set of Policy  rsop.msc
    Active Directory Schema  schmmgmt.msc
    Local Security Settings  secpol.msc
    Services  services.msc
    Sidwalk  sidwalk.msc
    Task Scheduler tasksched.msc
    Telephony  tapimgmt.msc
    Terminal Services Configuration/Connections  tscc.msc
    Remote Desktops  tsmmc.msc
    UDDI Services Console  uddi.msc
    Active Directory Users and Computers (Exchange version)  users and computers.msc
    WINS  winsmgmt.msc
    Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI)  wmimgmt.msc
    Printer Management printmanagement.msc
    Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration mscorcfg.msc
    

    If you just want the Windows XP default ones, here they are (I am just including ones that are valid in administrative tools, for example, while "Device Manager" can be accessed on its own, it is part of "Computer Management", so I will not list it):

    Component Services  comexp.msc
    Computer Management  compmgmt.msc
    Event Viewer  eventvwr.msc
    Internet Information Services  iis.msc (If you have it installed)
    Performance  perfmon.msc
    Local Security Settings  secpol.msc
    Services  services.msc
    Task Scheduler tasksched.msc
    Printer Management printmanagement.msc
    Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration mscorcfg.msc
    

    Extras:

    System Configuration - %windir%\system32\msconfig.exe
    Windows Memory Diagnostics (Vista + 7?) - %windir%\system32\MdSched.exe
    iSCSI Initiator - %windir%\system32\iscsicpl.exe
    Data Sources (ODBC) - %windir%\system32\odbcad32.exe
    

    In addition, if they are simply not being shown, you can take a look at the Start menu properties (right click on the start menu, and click properties), then -

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