What are Administrative Tools?

Administrative Tools is a folder in Control Panel that contains tools for system administrators and advanced users. The tools in the folder might vary depending on which version of Windows you are using.

  • Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools.

Many of the tools in this folder, such as Computer Management, are Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins that include their own help topics. To view specific help for an MMC tool, or to search for an MMC snap-in that you don't see in the following list, open the tool, click the Help menu, and then click Help Topics.

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, you can perform many tasks, such as monitoring system events, configuring hard disks, and managing system performance.

  • Data Sources (ODBC). Use Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) to move data from one type of database (a data source) to another. For more information, see What is ODBC?

  • Event Viewer. View information about significant events, such as a program starting or stopping, or a security error, which are recorded in event logs.

  • iSCSI Initiator. Configure advanced connections between storage devices on a network. For more information, see What is Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)?

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

  • Performance Monitor. View advanced system information about the central processing unit (CPU), memory, hard disk, and network performance.

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

  • Services. Manage the different services that run in the background on your computer.

  • System Configuration. Identify problems that might be preventing Windows from running correctly. For more information, see Using System Configuration.

  • Task Scheduler. Schedule programs or other tasks to run automatically. For more information, see Schedule a task.

  • 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.


Need more help?