Free Windows Problem Solvers
By Bob Rankin
For those computer users who prefer to ‘get their hands a little dirty’, Bob Rankin has compiled a list of free troubleshooters for Windows.–PC Pitstop
An operating system is an incredibly complex beast. If things go wrong with Windows, it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. But you can put away the sledgehammer, because there are plenty of free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems. Here’s my recommended list of free Windows problem solvers…
Fixing Windows Problems and Annoyances
What’s keeping you from opening or deleting a file or folder? Why do certain programs start automatically when you don’t want them to? Why can’t you install or uninstall a program? Why doesn’t my sound work? Why does an app just sit there, apparently doing nothing, while the activity light of your hard drive flashes busily? These are just a few of the annoyances that can drive you crazy.
Windows has some built-in tools, such as Task Manager, to assist in troubleshooting. There are also built-in troubleshooters you can use. On Windows XP, open the Control Panel, then select the category that best matches your problem, and a list of Troubleshooters will appear on the left side of the panel. On a Vista or later Windows system, just click the Start button then type “troubleshooting” to access all the troubleshooting tools in one place.
But many advanced users turn to free Windows troubleshooting tools that provide much more information about potential causes of problems and options for solving them.
Excerpt shared with permission from Bob Rankin.
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