I'm trying to show my Administrative Tools in the Start menu of my newly upgraded Windows 8 Pro computer. It was initially on Windows 7 Pro.

I have gone into Settings » Tiles » Show Administrative Tools via the Start Menu, however that shows nothing. I can right click the Start Menu area and go to All Apps » Control Panel (which brings me back to the desktop) and then go to Administrative Tools.

Any other solutions for making the Administrative Tools show up?

  • Are you sure they didn't get added to the Start Screen? Did you try scrolling all the way to the right? – Karan Jan 3 '13 at 5:50
  • Yes and there is nothing. What I find odd is that the Tile is set to Yes on Show Administrative Tools and it doesn't show that tile. I guess thats more of my concern – meanbunny Jan 3 '13 at 20:03
  • Hmm, maybe unchecking that option and performing a Start Screen reset will help, if you're willing to try it. – Karan Jan 3 '13 at 20:07
  • Tried that and no difference just deleted all my icons which is fine I just want the Start Menu to behave how its designed. – meanbunny Jan 3 '13 at 20:29

Step 1 - Via File Explorer

Open file explorer and go to

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools

That will bring you directly to Administrative Tools.

Step 2 - Desktop Shortcut

Continue from step 1, in file explorer location bar, holding/pressing the left most icon, drag and drop it on to your desktop.

That create a desktop shortcut for you.

Step 3 - Pin to start

Right click on that desktop shortcut, then select Pin to Start.


The only solution I found to this was going into the Start Menu->General->Refresh your PC without affecting your files.

After that the tools showed back up.

  1. Press Win + I to get the "Settings" charm.
  2. Move the slider under "Show administrative tools" to the right (until you see "Yes").

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