"Administrative Tools folder is empty"Published : May 2004
Updated : Mar 2007
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When you open the Administrative Tools folder in the Start Menu, the shortcuts in the folder may be missing.
This happens due to one of these reasons:
- The Administrative Tools shell folder path is incorrectly set.
- The Administrative Tools shortcuts are deleted accidentally.
Solution for Case 1
Important: Backup the registry before modifying it. See here for more information.
- Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following locations one by one:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Shell Folders
- Delete the value named Common Administrative Tools (if present).
- Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows.
See if the shortcuts in the Administrative Tools folder are restored. If not, see Solution 2 below.
Solution for Case 2
The utility AdminTools (~8kb) restores the missing shortcuts to the Administrative Tools folder.
Creating the shortcuts manually
To re-create the shortcuts manually, refer this table. Re-create the shortcuts in the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
Display Administrative Tools folder in the Start menu
Tip: To display Administrative Tools folder in the Start menu, you will need to enable one of these two options under Taskbar and Start Menu options applet in the Control Panel:
- Display on the All Programs menu
- Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu