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Using Administrative Tools in Windows 7

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Windows 7 expert Mark Edward Soper, author of Easy Microsoft Windows 7, helps you discover and use advanced tools built into Windows 7 for managing your system.

Administrative Tools is an umbrella term that Microsoft uses for advanced system management programs. Windows 7, like its predecessors Windows Vista and Windows XP, includes shortcuts to a number of programs in the Administrative Tools folder.

In this article, we'll focus on the tools and features that are new to Windows XP users transitioning to Windows 7.

Locating Windows 7's Administrative Tools

Administrative Tools can be launched from Windows 7's Control Panel's System and Security category (Figure 1), or from the Large or Small icons view.

Figure 1 When you access Administrative Tools from the System and Security Category, you can also start Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter.

As with Windows Vista or Windows XP, you can also choose to have Administrative Tools available from the Start or All Programs menu:

  1. Right-click on the Start orb and select Properties.
  2. Click Customize.
  3. Scroll down to System Administrative Tools.
  4. Select the display option (All Programs or All Programs and Start menus) desired (Figure 2).
  5. Click OK.

Figure 2 Configuring Windows 7's Start menu for easier access to Administrative Tools

Figure 3 shows how Administrative Tools appear on the Start and All Programs menu when you select the option shown in Figure 2.

Figure 3 Starting Administrative Tools from the All Programs menu or Start menu

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