You might have seen such a wizard when there is an issue with the network setup or a software fails to install or run properly. Windows would list common solutions like running the software with more privileges or in compatibility mode and the likes to resolve the issue.
Problems however seldom remain restricted to the ‘anticipated ones’. As a result there is a new solution from Microsoft that can take care of such issues for you. We have covered a similar application in the past as well which offered fixes for common Windows problems. This time however the application comes from the company based in Redmond itself. You can thus be sure about its credibility and the fixes it applies to your computer. Moreover, it has got some additional features as well.
The software is called the Microsoft Fix It Solution Center. Once installed you need to perform some additional setup before you can use the software. Microsoft Fix It analyzes your computer and offers to download additional fixes depending upon your computer’s configuration.
Next up, Fix it Center offers to set up a Microsoft Fix It Center account. A Fix It Center account helps to keep all the information about all your devices you use with Fix It Center in one place. Microsoft claims that this helps Fix It Center offer personalized solutions based upon your configuration, Your data is secure and the account helps you view all your devices in one place easily and also lets you see all the repairs and updates that were applied to your computer.
With the account setup out of the way, you are greeted by the Fix It Center home screen. The home screen lists a number of troubleshooters. Whenever your computer misbehaves, choose the one that best matches the issue you are having and click the Run button next to it. You can also click on the arrow under the detail column to know more about what the troubleshooter does and the approximate run time.
Running a troubleshooter gives you a wizard that lets you select and perform necessary action to rectify the problem.
Fix it Center is not all about fixing problems though, it also helps you prevent them as well. It keeps track of all the changes on your computer and downloads solutions to the issues that can turn into potential problems in the future. If none of the troubleshooters can solve your problem you can always visit the Fix it Center online. Log in with your Fix It Center account you configured above and you will be able to look for solutions to common problems, grouped by categories and also by products.
All in all Microsoft Fix It Center is an excellent piece of software that streamlines the process of troubleshooting your computer. It can mantain a history of all the updates and repairs applied to your computer as well. It does however raise an important question, just how much caretaker software would you install to keep your computer running and in good shape?
Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section.
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