Quick Access To Windows Admin Tools

July 28th, 2009 by Chris Leave a reply »

In my last post I talked about how using the Windows GUI can at times be cumbersome. If you administer a Windows network, you are frequently leveraging the Windows admin tools. Here are some tips to make that task a bit easier.

List of Tools

Here’s a list of the most commonly used Window’s admin tools as well as the command needed to launch them:

  • Add/Remove Programs = appwiz.cpl
  • Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc
  • Computer Manager = compmgmt.msc
  • Control Panel = control.exe
  • Copy screen to clipboard = <ctrl><Print Scrn>
  • Copy active window to clipboard = <ctrl><alt><Print Scrn>
  • Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
  • Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc
  • File Explorer = explorer.exe
  • File Signature Verification = sigverif.exe
  • Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc
  • MS Management Console = mmc
  • Network Properties = control netconnections
  • Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc
  • Registry Editor = regedt32.exe
  • Security Center = wscui.cpl
  • User Manager = lusrmgr.msc
  • Security Policy Editor = secpol.msc
  • Services Screen = services.msc
  • Solitaire = sol.exe
  • System Config Utility = msconfig.exe
  • Task Manager = taskmgr.exe
  • Task Manager = <ctrl><shift><esc>
  • Task Scheduler = control schedtasks
  • User Manager = lusrmgr.msc

Quick Launch Options

Here are some tips for making each of the above easily accessible:

  1. Click Start –> Run then type in the command listed above
  2. Press <Windows key><r> then type in the command listed above
  3. Create a desktop shortcut
  4. Create a taskbar shortcut
  5. Create a single program group so everything is in one place

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