Learn how to access the administrative tools directory of Windows with C#

How to open the administrative tools directory of Windows in WinForms with C#

Administrative Tools is the collective name for several advanced tools in Windows that are used mainly by system administrators. This collection can be found in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server operating system. In case that you are working on some optimization tool for windows or you are just creating shortcuts for tools you need in some app, this trick to open the mentioned directory may be useful for your collection. The tools were included in versions of Windows and the associated documentation for each tool should help you use these tools in Windows. The following list links to the official documentation of every tool:

The following short snippet should to the trick to open the administrative tools directory in any version of Windows (where the collection is available):

// Include diagnostics namespace at the beginning of your class
using System.Diagnostics;

// Create a new process that 
Process pProcess = new Process();

// e.g C:\WINNT\System32 or C:\Windows\System32
// run namely the C:\Windows\System32\control.exe file with the admintools argument
pProcess.StartInfo.FileName = Environment.SystemDirectory + "\\control.exe";
pProcess.StartInfo.Arguments = "admintools";
pProcess.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = true;

// Start process

What we are doing under the hood is basically to run the control.exe executable located in the system directory with the admintools argument, which is basically the same as running the following command in the command line:

Administrative Tools Windows C#

Happy coding !

Senior Software Engineer at Software Medico. Interested in programming since he was 14 years old, Carlos is a self-taught programmer and founder and author of most of the articles at Our Code World.