From time to time, we all need help with our computers, and like to solve our own problems.
Whether it is making or changing settings, installing or removing software, or finding and then solving problems with our installation, Microsoft offers a variety of troubleshooting and diagnostic tools to accomplish these tasks in every operating system. Windows 7 takes this to another level, offering a comprehensive set of troubleshooting tools easily understood and readily available to anyone trying to use them. These can pinpoint malfunctions, incorrect or improper settings, and offer a wide variety of automated and manual tools to fix problems in Windows 7, easily accessed using your Control Panel.
To begin, click your Start button. Move your mouse over to Control Panel, and left-click on that to open it up.
Next left click on Troubleshooting in the Control Panel.
A window opens up with various options and tasks to perform. By left-clicking on Change settings, this opens a general troubleshooting ‘action window’ and additional help options, such as the Windows Online Troubleshooting Service where you can download additional troubleshooting software.
Left clicking on ‘System and Security,’ then ‘Check for performance issues,’ opens up the ‘Performance’ window. You can then choose whether to ‘Apply repairs automatically’ by keeping the box checked, or to see what Windows finds first, uncheck it, then left-click on ‘Next.’ The ‘Next’ button runs all the selected troubleshooters when it is clicked on, whether they are system or individually selected ones in the ‘View all’ list.
You can turn on or off your options by checking or unchecking the Other settings, and the Computer Maintenance feature. Go back to the Troubleshoot computer problems menu, and select ‘View all’ in the upper left of the screen. This opens up a whole new host of options you can customize. All troubleshooting items are checked for repair by default, so if you don’t want Windows to do this like me, make sure you uncheck the appropriate boxes before a task is run at each step along the way.
Each of these individual troubleshooters can be run to make repairs for problems it finds automatically, or manually after running the troubleshooter. I choose to see what problems it finds first before taking any action. In this case I selected the first one, Aero, and find what problems Windows says I have as an example. By left-clicking on Advanced in the window that opens, I can choose whether to apply repairs automatically or not. This gives you great control and saves time by only running the tasks and perform the repairs you want and no others. After unchecking the ‘Apply repairs automatically’ , left-click on ‘Next’ to run the particular troubleshooter you selected and see what Windows says in the next window that opens.
This was the result for my Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 64 bit, in which I deliberately turned Aero off before. This just confirmed the settings I made without changing them by using Windows 7 troubleshooters and having automatic repairs turned off before running the task.
My hardware is an Intel DH55HC motherboard using a Core i5-650 CPU, 8Gb DDR3 1333 RAM, and Intel’s onboard graphics adapter set to 1024×768 32 bit color.
I highly recommend that anyone using Windows 7 troubleshooters turn off any automatic repair options before using the troubleshooter, otherwise your settings could change on you and produce undesired results. This will first give you in-depth analysis of your problems, and you can select only the repair tasks you want to perform. Left-click on ‘View detailed information’ to find out more before deciding what to do, or nothing at all.
Try it today and see what you get! This could pinpoint specific problems for you and improve your system performance on repair. It can also show you what many of your current settings are, and suggest how to optimize them before making unwanted changes to your system.