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Microsoft Fix It

At a Glance
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Microsoft's Fix It software, which tries to automatically figure out what's wrong with your XP and Vista PCs, is now available for download.

The software is in beta, and can run diagnostics for 300 common problems with Windows. When you run Fix It, you'll see a list of things to examine, such as display quality, performance, and incoming connections. Clicking the "run" button next to each item launches an automatic troubleshooter. Each one takes only a few minutes.

PC users may have also run into the online version of Fix It, which has been kicking around in Microsoft's support pages since late 2008. But if you're having computer problems, you might not be able to get online, in which case Fix It could come in handy. Besides, selecting from a list of general categories is easier than hunting for a specific problem online.

Fix It is aimed at Windows XP and Vista users, because Windows 7 already has diagnostics built-in (you can access them via Control Panel > System Security > Find and Fix Problems). However, the software works on Microsoft's latest operating system as well, and I find the interface is a little easier to manage in the downloadable version.

Although I didn't have any major PC problems, I did manage to tune up a few things--mostly programs running at startup that were affecting performance--with help from the Fix It software.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

--Jared Newman

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At a Glance
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