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I often use the "Computer Management" in Windows and I always have to un-collapse (open) the "Services and Applications" prior to be able to see the Services.

This click is just absolutely not necessary - because the other two folders "System Tools" and "Storage" are already opened, but why not "Services and Applications" as well?

Does someone know how to have "Services and Applications" opened by default?

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Try this:

  1. Locate compmgmt.msc in Windows\system32 or Windows\SysWOW64

  2. Right-click and select Author

  3. Expand Services and Applications and select Services

  4. File / Save As and specify a different name but same location

  5. Close Computer Management and click Yes if asked to save again

  6. Open the newly saved version - it should open with Services and Applications expanded and Services selected (with System Tools and Storage expanded as before)

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Nice, but when I rename my new compmgmtNEW.msc to the initial name compmgmt.msc it does not work anymore. Can I not override (or change) the existing compmgmt.msc ? – FiveO Oct 23 '12 at 16:13
How did you overwrite compmgmt.msc with the edited version? Did you take ownership of it first? I'll see if the original can be overridden, but if not I guess you can always create a handy shortcut to the new one and use that instead. – Karan Oct 23 '12 at 18:23
Well I was able to override the original file (just get the ownership), but it does not work, somehow always the original app starts (without my configuration). Well I guess I need to use a new shortcut to the new compmgmt.msc. – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 9:57

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