Solve Windows problems with built in troubleshooters

Got a problem you can't solve? Use a troubleshooter to fix it

Everyone has problems occasionally and they can be irritating, especially when you need to get work done and the computer or software is playing up. Troubleshooters, special utilities built into Windows can help.

Troubleshooters will not fix every problem that occurs with Windows, but they are a good place to start. The only drawback is that Windows needs to be in reasonable working order to begin with. You need to be able to start the computer, log in to Windows and get to the desktop in order to use them.

A sound problem, such as the one looked at in Fix sound problems in Windows 10, is a typical fault. It doesn’t stop Windows working, but there is clearly a problem that needs to be solved.

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Many troubleshooters are built in to Windows and they are accessed through the Control Panel. Open the Control Panel from the Start (All apps) menu, select small icons view and click Troubleshooting.

 Windows Troubleshooters

A few troubleshooters are displayed, such as Troubleshoot audio recording and Troubleshoot audio playback, but the full list of them is displayed by clicking the View all link on the left.

 Windows Troubleshooters

There are over 20 different troubleshooters and between the name and the description columns, you should be able to work out what each one is used for. Click and drag the column dividers in the top row with the labels to make them wider to read all of the descriptions.

Suppose you have problems with the power settings, such as with the battery in a laptop computer. You would run the Power troubleshooter. Just double click it in the list.

 Windows Troubleshooters

There isn’t much to see when the troubleshooter runs and there is a brief description and a Next button at the bottom. Look out for the Advanced link in the bottom left corner. Click it to access options like Apply repairs automatically. If you want to see what problems are found, clear the tick box.

Click Next and the troubleshooter performs its magic. Here are the results of the Power troubleshooter with the Advanced option turned off so you can see the results.

 Windows Troubleshooters

The problems are listed and tick boxes enable you to choose the items to fix and those to ignore. It is probably a good idea to tick all the boxes.

Click the link at the bottom, View detailed information and a report is displayed that describes each problem in a bit more detail. Use the printer icon in the top right corner if you want to print the report.

 Windows Troubleshooters

Selecting the option to apply repairs automatically skips all these details screens and you don’t need to know what the troubleshooter is doing. Unless you are simply curious and want to see. Keep clicking the Next button until the task is complete. The result looks something like this.

 Windows Troubleshooters

Troubleshooters are useful tools and should be used whenever you have a problem with your Windows PC that you cannot solve.

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