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What Is the Windows Component Services Tool, and How Do You Access It?


The Component Services tool helps you configure COM (Component Object Model) components and COM+ applications. COM is a system that helps you create software components and link them together to build applications, and a COM+ application comprises a group of COM components that perform related functions.


Now, let’s dive in and check out the various ways to access the Windows Component Services tool.


Want to access any Windows app easily? Use the Start menu search bar; it’s an easy-to-use tool that’s located in the bottom-left corner of your taskbar.

Here’s how you can use the search bar to open the Component Services app:

  1. Press the Windows search bar icon on the taskbar. Alternatively, press Win + S to access the search bar.
  2. Type Component Services and select the Best match result.

Opening the Component Services Tool Using the Start Menu Search Bar

Having trouble using the Start menu search bar? Try accessing the Component Services tool using the Run command dialog box.

Want to know the best part about using the Run command dialog box? This tool can help you open almost any program on your Windows device. But if you want to use the Run command dialog box to access third-party programs, you’d have to edit some Registry keys first.

Here are the steps for opening the Component Services tool using the Run command dialog box:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run command dialog box.
  2. Type comexp.msc and press Enter to access the Component Services tool.

Opening the Component Services Tool Using the Run command dialog box

The File Explorer address bar can help you locate your file and folder paths with ease. In addition to that, you can use File Explorer’s address bar to open various apps.

Let’s check out how you can open the Component Services tool using the File Explorer address bar:

  1. Press Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Type comexp.msc in the File Explorer address bar and press Enter.

Opening the Component Services Tool Using the File Explorer Address Bar

Most of your apps and tools are located on the Windows Start menu. So, let’s check out how you can access the Component Services tool from this menu:

  1. Press the Windows key to access the Start menu. Alternatively, click the Start menu icon on the taskbar.
  2. Scroll down on the menu items and select the Windows Administrative Tools folder.
  3. Select the Component Services option.

Opening the Component Services tool using the Start Menu

In most cases, the Control Panel is used for troubleshooting a faulty Windows PC or configuring PC settings. Well, the good news is that you can also use this tool to open various apps on your Windows device.

Here are the steps for accessing the Component Services tool using the Control Panel:

  1. Press Win + X and select Search from the options.
  2. Type Control Panel and then select the Best match result.
  3. Expand the View by drop-down menu and select Large icons.
  4. Select Administrative Tools from the menu items.
  5. Double-click on the Component Services option.

Opening the Component Services tool using the Control Panel

The Task Manager can also help you access most of the apps on your device.

Here are the steps for accessing the Component Services tool using the Task Manager:

  1. Press Win + X and select Search from the menu items.
  2. Type Task Manager and select the Best match result.
  3. Navigate to the File tab in the top-left corner of the screen.
  4. Click the Run new task option.
  5. Type comexp.msc in the search box and press OK.

Opening the Component Services Tool Using the Task Manager

You can also access the Component Services tool by double-clicking on its relevant file in the Windows System32 folder. Here are the steps you should apply:

  1. Press Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Select This PC on the left and then double-click on the Local Disk (C:) option on the right.
  3. Open the Windows folder and then access the System32 folder.
  4. Double-click on the comexp option.

Selecting the comexp option in the System32 directory

If you want to make the Component Services tool easily accessible, you should consider pinning it to the taskbar. To do that, right-click on the comexp option in the System32 folder and select Pin to taskbar.

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PowerShell and the Command Prompt can also help you access the Component Services tool.

Let’s start by exploring how to open the Component Services tool using PowerShell:

  1. Press Win + X to open the Quick Access menu.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the options.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter.

 comexp.msc 

Now, here are the steps for accessing the Component Services tool using the Command Prompt:

  1. Type Command Prompt in the Start menu search bar.
  2. Right-click on the Best match result and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter.
 comexp.msc 
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You can easily access your apps by clicking on the relevant desktop shortcuts. But bear in mind that you first need to create desktop shortcuts before you can use them.

Let’s check out the steps for creating a desktop shortcut for the Component Services tool:

  1. Press Win + D to access the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click on a blank space on the desktop
  3. Select New > Shortcut.
  4. Type %windir%system32comexp.msc in the location box and then press Next to continue.
Creating the Component Services Tool desktop shortcut

Type Component Services Tool in the “Name” box and then click the Finish button. From there, you can start using your desktop shortcut by simply clicking on it.

And if you want to make things easier, consider pinning the desktop shortcut to your taskbar to make it easily accessible.

If you’re a developer, then you need to check out the Windows Component Services tool. You can use this app to configure COM (Component Object Model) components and other systems.

And if you want to explore other incredible apps, you can check out some of the best IDE (integrated development environment) tools for programming on Windows.

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