Modern versions of Windows offer many tools that you can use to manage different aspects of the operating system. One lesser known administrative tool is Computer Management. Few people know of its existence and even fewer use it. Over the years, we have come to love Computer Management and we use it more often than other similar tools from Windows. In this article we would like to share with you the reasons why we use Computer Management so often and what you can do with it. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will also like it and, who knows, maybe you too will start using it more often. Let’s get started:
NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
How to find Computer Management in Windows 7
In Windows 7, the fastest way to open the Computer Management is to search for it. Open the Start Menu and enter the words “computer management” in the search box. Then, click the Computer Management result.
Another way to open the Computer Management console in Windows 7 is to use the Control Panel. Go to “System and Security” and then double click on the Computer Management shortcut from the “Administrative Tools” section.
This is what the Computer Management window looks like in Windows 7:
How to find Computer Management in Windows 8.1
One way to open Computer Management in Windows 8.1 is to use the search. Switch to the Start screen and start typing the words “computer management”. From the list of search results, click or tap on the Administrative Tools shortcut.
The previous action opened the Administrative Tools window. Here, you will find a shortcut for the Computer Management. Double click or double tap on it to open the console.
Note that you can get to the same Administrative Tools window if you use the traditional Control Panel. Once you launch it , go to the System and Security category and then click or tap Administrative Tools.
To start Computer Management in Windows 8.1, you can also use the power user menu. Open the power user menu with a right click or with a long tap on the Windows button from the bottom left corner of your Desktop.
If you prefer, you can also use the Alt + X keys on your keyboard to open the power user menu. Then, click or tap the Computer Management shortcut.
Regardless of the method you follow, you will get to the Computer Management window which, in Windows 8.1, looks like this:
How to find Computer Management in Windows 10
The fastest way to open Computer Management in Windows 10 is to use its search function. Click or tap on Cortana’s search box from the taskbar, enter the words “computer management” and then click or tap the Computer Management shortcut.
Another fast method of launching the Computer Management console is to use the Start Menu. Open All apps and then go to Windows Administrative Tools. Inside this folder you will find a shortcut for Computer Management.
To launch Computer Management in Windows 10, you could also use the power user menu. Right click or tap and hold on the Start Menu button from the bottom left corner of the Desktop and then click or tap the Computer Management shortcut. Note that you can also use the Alt + X keyboard shortcut in order to open the power user menu.
If you prefer, you can also use the traditional Control Panel. Go to the “System and Security” category and then click or tap on Administrative Tools.
In the newly opened window, double click or double tap the Computer Management shortcut.
Regardless of the method you choose to follow in order to launch Computer Management , once you launch it in Windows 10, you should see a console similar to this:
Read the next page in this guide to learn what the Computer Management tool has to offer you and why it is worth using.