If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.
Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.
This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem areas and, with any luck, find the solution to your problem. For this example, I searched for problems with programs made for previous versions of Windows, which brought up the Program Compatibility window. I wasn’t having this problem (or any others), but I wanted to try the troubleshooter.
After clicking the Next button, a list of installed programs appeared, and I was asked to identify the troublesome program.
Since there were no actual problems with any programs, one was selected at random.
From the 2 options, Troubleshoot program was selected, which brought up a checklist of possible problems. I checked an item on the list and clicked Next, but since no actual problems existed, none were found. Although in my experience, troubleshooters installed in earlier Windows operating systems never found problems that certainly did exist. I’m pretty sure the phrase “This device is working properly” is the only one Windows furnished in those earlier troubleshooters.
If the Windows 7 troubleshooter works as well when it’s needed, as it did during this trial run, those of us in the computer tips business might have to start looking for real jobs.