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Chapter 24. System Utilities > Administrative Tools

Administrative Tools

The Administrative Tools are a collection of system control and configuration utilities that Microsoft deemed powerful and technical enough to separate into its own category from the Control Panel applets. The Administrative Tools include Component Services, Computer Management, Data Sources (ODBC), Event Viewer, Performance, and Services. Each of these is discussed in the following sections, with the exception of Component Services and Data Sources (ODBC), which are not discussed in this book. You might want to consult the Windows XP Resource Kit for details on these two items. These two tools are fairly complex and are used by program developers and network database integrators. In most cases, these controls are beyond what most end users or administrators will need or use.

Computer Management

In addition to the Task Manager and Control Panel, another tool named Computer Management (see Figure 24.9) is probably the most likely candidate for configuring and administering your PC. To get to it, open the Control Panel (in Category view), select Performance and Maintenance, then Administrative Tools, and finally, double-click Computer Management. A simpler method is to right-click your My Computer icon (on your desktop or in your Start menu) and select Manage from the pop-up menu.


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