Administrative Tools - Control Panel Path


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Administrative Tools - Control Panel Path


    Greetings,

    I'm having a relatively minor (but annoying) paths issue, after having organized my Start Menu folders.

    Firstly, Windows reminded me that it's now a mobile OS, only pretending to be a desktop OS (subfolders don't display).
    - If someone has a way to resolve this (without having to use a 3rd party custom shell), that'd be cool, although this isn't the reason I'm making this thread.

    Anyway, I noticed that my reorganization broke Control Panel's Administrative Tools link. I had moved all the "Windows" shortcuts into a single folder, to keep things clean. When trying to access Admin Tools, I was getting a "Location is not available" error. Fixed this by placing the Admin Tools shortcuts in the specified folder, following the instructions here: Restore Default Administrative Tools in Windows 10

    So, here's the problem: It's not the original default location. The original Start Menu folder was "Windows Administrative Tools", but now it's located at "Administrative Tools" instead, at the top of the list.

    Actual location: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

    Where I'd like to have it:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows\Windows Administrative Tools
    Or:
    C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows\Administrative Tools

    However, when I move the shortcuts to either of the preferred locations, I end up with an empty Admin Tools, when accessed via Control Panel.

    Hope that makes sense. Any way I can fix this?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Posts : 35,421
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    after having organized my Start Menu folders.
    Firstly, Windows reminded me that it's now a mobile OS, only pretending to be a desktop OS (subfolders don't display).
    No Win 10 style start menu - including 3rd party ones- supports you using e.g.your own category folders with subcategories - the result is that the shortcuts in the program folders are listed in alpha order, not grouped in their own menu. (Think Help Help Help Help where each Help relates to a different program)


    I would suggest that if you wish to try manipulating your start menu that you try using Open Shell start menu (free) as a start menu editor, even if you don't wish to use it as your start menu.

    When it is installed, you can simply choose not to run it. And even if it is running, you can still launch Win 10's start menu.

    It supports easy access to the start menu folders, and full drag 'n drop support.
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  3. Posts : 3,677
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #3

    Firstly, Windows reminded me that it's now a mobile OS, only pretending to be a desktop OS (subfolders don't display)
    Sounds like you are in Tablet ModeTry turning it off.
    I also second OpenShell (formerly ClassicShell) Gives you the Start Menu of Windows 7
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  4. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #4

    Archon said:
    ......Any way I can fix this?
    Yes. Put the originals back, then, do not move the originals, make copies of the desired shortcuts and put them in your custom folder then hide the original folder.
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