Find Administrative and System Tools in Windows 8.1

Windows users who like to dig into System Settings and Administrative tools in older versions, might notice it’s not as easy to find in Windows 8.

Experienced Windows users who like to dig into its System Settings, and other tools like Administrative Tools in older versions of Windows, might notice it’s not as easy to find in Windows 8.

With the modern interface of Windows 8.1, you can still tweak your system as you could with XP—Windows 7. The tools are still available, and here’s a look at where they are hiding.

Find Admin and System Tool in Windows 8.1

The tools I’m talking about are readily available from the Start menu by going to Start > All Programs > Accessories, and from there, you can access the built-in Windows apps and system tools you’re used to, such as Disk Cleanup and Task Scheduler, System Restore, Wordpad, and others.


Finding Admin and System Tools

As with all versions, there are always ten different ways to get to something in Windows 8.1, but here are several easy ways to get to all of the built-in tools you need.

For example, on Windows 8.1, hit the Windows Key, and from the Start screen, type: admin, and you’ll find Administrative Tools; click on it.


Find the tool you need from the selection that opens on the desktop and if you want easier access to it, create a shortcut on the Start screen or Taskbar.

Admin Tools Desktop

There are a couple of ways to search, either by the method described above, using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + S, or opening the Charms and click Search. No matter which way you get to search, you can also search for individual tools.

In the example below, I’m searching specifically looking for Disk Cleanup.

Search directly

If you’re running the original version of Windows 8, read our article on adding admin tools to the Start screen.

Power User Menu

Or, to find common tools like the command prompt, right-click the Start button or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X to show the so-called power user menu.

power menu

If you are fine running Windows 7 for now, you might want to wait until the official release of Windows 10 later this year as the Start Menu returns, and it works a lot more like what you’re used to.

Windows 10 Start menu

If you got a new laptop or another device with Windows 8 this year, make sure to read our complete guide on Windows 8.

What’s your take? Are you new to Windows 8 and having trouble finding tools that you used to find easily? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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  1. Anna

    Nice introduce. Big thanks.

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