What do you do if you want to access one of the administrative programs in Windows XP? You click through various menus in the start menu, control panel or Windows Explorer to find them. If you wanted to reach the Device Manager you would have to click on Start, Control Panel, System, Hardware Tab and then the Device Manager which can take quite some time
And while you could use keyboard shortcuts for some of the operations, like pressing Windows-Pause and selecting Device Manager from the left sidebar, you often are left with no other option than to open the system tools manually.
The following method may be useful for experienced users who like to access those system tools faster. I'm going to list the filenames of many system tools. All you have to do is to hit Windows + R and type the name of the file to open it. This may be faster in most situations.
By knowing the names you can also create shortcuts on your desktop if you need one or more of those programs on a daily basis, or add them to a program launcher that you may be working with.
And if you do not want to enter the full file name of the system tool in the run box, you can make use a program like Add to Run to add aliases to the run dialog to open the tools by typing just a few characters into the run box.
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