Microsoft adds admin and system shortcuts to Windows Tools

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  • The latest Windows preview build adds more shortcuts to the Windows Tools folder.
  • Thus, the number of admin & system applets will be more than 40.
  • This change is part of Microsoft's attempt to better organize Windows' administrative features.
  • The change is seemingly a result of user feedback that Microsoft received over the past months.
windows tools folder

The latest Windows build 21354 introduced a lot of design changes, much to the delight of users all over the world.

Among others, after installing the build, users noticed that the collection of admin and system tools in Control Panel has been renamed and reorganized.

This is yet another step that Microsoft takes to better organize these tools and make them more accessible for developers or those who need them.

40+ shortcuts in the Windows Tools folder

The first step towards reorganizing administrative tools was introduced earlier when the Administrative Tools folder became Windows Tools. What Microsoft improved with this new build are the contained shortcuts.

Until now, the list of tools included frequently accessed programs such as Disk Cleaner, Defragmenter, System Information, Task Scheduler, or Windows Memory Diagnostic.

revamped windows tools

In the future, the folder will also get shortcuts for all the items present in the Windows Accessories, Windows PowerShell, and Windows System folders present in the Start Menu.

At the same time, all these applets have been removed from Start, the release notes show.

All these apps will still appear in via search, launch via any method, can be pinned to Start or taskbar, and any customized shortcuts in the folder paths will remain intact. Also, File Explorer has been moved into its own place in the Start menu as part of this work.

The full list of 40+ applets and shortcuts can be accessed via Command Prompt, typing this command + Enter: control admintools

This is yet another attempt from Microsoft to improve Control Panel, although previously they seemed focused on rather revamping the Windows 10 Settings.

Meanwhile, Microsoft asked for user feedback to see the extent to which Control Panel is still the first option for certain features.

What’s your opinion on the recent changes? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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