Windows troubleshooting has come a long way since the days of the mysterious BSODs–when your OS would crash and vomit a trail of meaningless code for the end user to try and decipher. Windows actually has a robust troubleshooting utility built right into it that can diagnose and repair many common problems with your hardware or software. All you have to do is run the troubleshooter.
Windows Troubleshooting Tips
To run the Windows Troubleshooting utility, navigate to the Control Panel and then click on the Troubleshooting icon. You can also type Troubleshooting into the search box in the Start menu to launch it.
This area contains several troubleshooting programs that can automatically fix most common problems with your PC, including networking, hardware devices, using the Internet, and program compatibility. While these troubleshooters aren’t designed to fix every single problem, we recommend using them first, as they might save you the time and expense of taking your computer into the shop.
For example, if your sound isn’t working, you can launch the Playing Audio troubleshooter under the Sound section.
The troubleshooter will scan you system and check for driver issues and test other potential components to try and figure out why your audio is not playing properly. If the troubleshooter fixed the issue, you can close the it when finished. If it couldn’t fix the problem, you can view several options that will take you online to try and find a resolution. In either event, you can always view a complete list of the changes that made.
Running The Advanced Troubleshooting
When you run Windows troubleshooting, it might ask you some questions or reset settings automatically as it works to correct the problem. If you’d prefer to have more control over the fixes that are applied. you can click the Advanced link on a troubleshooter and then un-check the Apply repairs automatically check box. The troubleshooter will then display a list of fixes you can choose from, if problems are found.
Windows includes several troubleshooters, and more are available online when you choose the Get the most up-to-date troubleshooters from the Windows Online Troubleshooting service check box at the bottom of Troubleshooting. The troubleshooting section of the control panel is a valuable resource for fixing outdated drivers and resetting network connections that are no longer allowing you to access the Internet. If you still cannot fix your issue, stop by our computer forums and ask for help.