Fix it: Windows 7 Hardware Device and Broken Desktop Shortcuts Issues

Microsoft Support is providing Fix it! solutions for setting up the issues with “Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks”, and “Hardware devices are not working or are not detected in Windows.”The first Fix it fixed issue such as…Problems with desktop shortcuts and iconsShortcuts on the desktop don't work or are brokenDesktop icons […]

Microsoft Support is providing Fix it! solutions for setting up the issues with “Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks”, and “Hardware devices are not working or are not detected in Windows.”

The first Fix it fixed issue such as…

  • 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

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and, the second, fixes issues including:

  • When you install a hardware device, it is not detected
  • Determine if your audio device is plugged in
  • Driver updates aren't automatically installed by Windows Update
  • You receive one of the following errors:
    • Your <Device Name> is currently disabled or turned off in Windows
    • Your <Device Name> has a driver problem and needs to be reinstalled
    • Windows has detected a problem with your <Device Name>, it is not working properly
    • There is no driver installed for your <Device Name>

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[Source: Microsoft Support 1, 2]