Useful System Tools Hidden in Windows part 4

Computer Management and Administrative Tools

The computer management console consists of a window divided in to two panes. The left pane contains the console tree; the right pane contains details. When you click an item in the console tree, information about that item is displayed in the details pane. The information that is displayed is specific to the item that you select. The Administrative tools in computer management are grouped in to the following three categories in the console tree:

  1. System Tools
  2. Storage
  3. Services and Applications


Above each category includes several tools or services. i will shortly details all the category, tool and services. Many of these can be found in the Administrative Tools folder, but they can be opened in a single window by opening the Computer Management application. Among other things, this window contains the following tools:

1- System Tools

  • Task Scheduler: The Task Scheduler is a Windows component that can automatically run tasks at a specific time or in response to a specific event. For example, tasks can be run when the computer starts or when a user logs in.
  • Event Viewer: The Windows Event Viewer shows a log of application and system messages – errors, information messages, and warnings. Spammers have used the Event Viewer to deceive people – event a properly functioning system will have error messages here.
  • Shared Folders: In computing, a shared resource, or network share, is a computer resource made available from one host to other hosts on a computer network. Some examples of shareable resources are computer programs, data, storage devices, and printers. Network sharing is made possible by inter-process communication over the network. An interface that displays the folders shared over the network on your computer, useful for viewing what folders are being shared at a glance.
  • Local User and Groups: Use the Local Users and Groups tool to create and manage your local users accounts and groups.
  • Device Manager: Device Manager is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that provides a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed in a computer. The classic Windows Device Manager that allows you to view the devices connected to your computer, disable them, and configure their drivers.

2- Storage

  • Removable Storage: Use the Removable Storage tool to track your removable storage media and manage the libraries, or data-storage systems, that contain them
  • Disk Defragmenter: Use the Disk Defragmenter tool to analyze and defragment volumes on your hard disks.
  • Disk Management: Disk Management is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that allows full management of the disk-based hardware recognized by Windows. A built-in partition manager you can use without downloading any third-party tools or software.

3- Services and Applications

  • Services: Use Services to manage services on local and remote computers. You can start, stop, pause, resume, or disable a service, An interface that allows you to view and control the background services running in Windows.
  • WMI Control: Use WMI Control to configure and manage the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service.
  • Indexing Service: Use Indexing Service to manage the Indexing service, and to create and configure additional catalogs to store index information.


NOTE: The actual set of tools and services that is listed in Computer Management depends on the services that are installed on the host computer.

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In my next tutorial i will write about another hidden tool in windows Advanced User Accounts Tool


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