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