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Windows Troubleshooting Feature in Windows 7

Windows 7 will actually diagnose and fix many of its critical components as part of the new “Windows Troubleshooting” functionality.

For users who are currently using the 6801 build of Windows 7, you might have already noticed the “Troubleshooting” link in the control panel. However if you do try to click on any of the actions an error is prompted. But there’s another way. If you navigate to the “\Windows\diagnostics\system” directory, you’d find all of the troubleshooting files to manually initiate. Simply open a directory and double click on the file with the golden diamond.

For everyone who doesn’t have the build at hand, what this feature does is scan a number of predefined variables and offers actions to fix the problem. For example, this is the result of an attempt to troubleshoot power problems.

I can’t wait till Microsoft releases more details about how this feature works and can be extended, but it looks they already have plans to update this over time. Imagine the day when all you have to do is send your uncle’s best friend’s brother a script to fix why he can’t watch his favorite DVD.

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