Windows 10 gets a ‘Windows Tools’ control panel for power users


In future versions of Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the venerable “Administrative Tools” and added a new “Windows Tools” control panel with almost double the number of promoted tools.

Since early versions of Windows, the operating system has included an “Administrative Tools” control panel that contains a variety of shortcuts to tools that allow you to configure Windows and perform administrative tasks.

Current Windows 10 Administrative Tools Folder
Current Windows 10 Administrative Tools Folder

With the release of version 21354 of the Windows 10 preview, Microsoft announced that it has removed “Administrative Tools” from the Start menu and added a new “Windows Tools” control panel, with many additional shortcuts.

As part of this addition, Microsoft has taken shortcuts previously located in Start menu folders such as “Windows System,” “Windows Accessories,” and “Windows PowerShell” and moved them to the new Windows Tools Control Panel.

Windows Tools in the Start menu
Windows Tools in the Start menu

When you click on the Windows Tools shortcut, you will be taken to the new Control Panel which now contains around 40 shortcuts previously located on the Start menu.

These shortcuts include Windows PowerShell, Power Automate Desktop, Quick Assist, Command Prompt, Run Dialog, Step Recorder, Remote Desktop, etc. as shown below.

New Windows Tools Control Panel
New Windows Tools Control Panel

Like the current Administrative Tools Control Panel, the new Windows Tools Control Panel can still be launched from a command prompt using the control admintools order.

Deskmodder notes that you can launch the new Windows Tools Control Panel from the Run dialog or create a shortcut using the following command:

explorer.exe shell ::: {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

Two steps forward, one step back

Microsoft is putting more development time into Control Panel is a surprising move as they made a coordinated effort to port existing Control Panel applets to modern Windows 10 settings functionality.

In a Microsoft blog post last year, Brand LeBlanc, head of the Windows Insider program, announced that Microsoft’s goal is to align Windows 10 settings more closely with the old Control Panel.

“There will be other improvements to come that will bring the settings of the control panel even closer. If you are relying on any settings that only exist in Control Panel today, please give us your feedback and let us know what those settings are, ”Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider Program , shared in a blog post.

Microsoft showed this later in the month when they started testing an automatic redirect from the System Control Panel to the About Settings page, marking what was considered the first step towards the end of the Control Panel. .

Other transitions from Control Panel to Windows settings include a modern disk management tool, Windows 10 settings updates include a modern disk management tool, new refresh rate settings, and updated battery settings. day.

For this reason, it’s a bit confusing why Microsoft would focus on updating an existing control panel rather than porting it to a new Windows 10 settings page.


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