Microsoft has introduced an online solution automated troubleshooting services for Windows XP and Windows Vista to detect problems and apply fix common problems automatically.

With advent of Windows 7, Windows Security Center has turned to Action Center with extra rich features. Troubleshooters are set of fixes, that detects relevant problems in your system and fix them, that are found. But it was limited to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but Microsoft has released a similar online solution for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Currently Common System Maintenance Tasks is available, that automatically detect and fix common maintenance problems such as broken desktop shortcuts, unused icons, disk volume errors, and incorrect system time display.

Common System Maintenance Tasks includes-

  • Problems with desktop shortcuts and icons
    • Shortcuts on the desktop don’t work or are broken
    • Desktop icons are broken or have not been used in 3 months
    • Startup items don’t work or are broken
  • System maintenance tasks
    • Free up disk space by repairing disk volume errors such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors
    • Free up disk space by removing error reports and troubleshooting history older than 1 month
    • Set the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server
  • You receive the following errors:
    • Windows update error 0x80072F8F
    • The item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted

If you have a computer running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you can access the diagnostics built into your computer:

  • Click Start, Control Panel
  • In the Control Panel, click System and Security
  • In the System and Security window, under Action Center, click Troubleshoot common computer problems
  • In the Troubleshoot computer problems window, click a specific task to automatically diagnose and fix a problem. To view more troubleshooters, click a category.

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