How to add administrative tools to the Windows 8 Start screen

You can find administrative tools in Windows 8 by search, but if you prefer to see them as tiles, a quick setting will place them all on the Start screen.

Windows 8 administrative tools
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In Windows 7, power users could display administrative tools on the Start menu. Now that Windows 8 has done away with the Start menu, you might be wondering where they went. If you happen to know the name of the tool you want to use, you can just search for it from the Start screen. If, however, you prefer to see them as tiles, here's how to get them onto your Start screen:

1. Hit the Win+I shortcut to bring up the Settings charm, then select Tiles.

2. Move the slider under "Show administrative tools" to the right so that it says "Yes."

Show administrative tools
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When you go back to the Start screen, you'll see 21 new tiles for administrative tools.

  • Component Services
  • Computer Management
  • Defragment and Optimize Drivers
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Event Viewer
  • iSCSI Initiator
  • Local Security Policy
  • ODBC Data Sources (32-bit)
  • ODBC Data Sources (64-bit)
  • Performance Monitor
  • Print Management
  • Resource Monitor
  • Services
  • System Configuration
  • System Information
  • Task Scheduler
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic
  • Windows PowerShell (x86)
  • Windows PowerShell ISE (x86)
  • Windows PowerShell ISE
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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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