We created Windows 7 to help give you a trouble-free computing experience. But if problems do arise, Windows 7 notifies you in more intelligent ways and makes resolution easier and faster. When something in Windows 7 needs your attention, you’ll have one place to go, with troubleshooters that help solve many common problems.

Action Center
In previous versions, Windows notifies you that something needs attention on your PC by using pop-ups or other messages. These messages are helpful if the problem requires immediate attention, but they can be very distracting if the problem isn’t urgent. Windows 7 not only helps you solve more problems, but it also helps you solve them on your own schedule. The Action Center, a new, integrated Control Panel experience, is the central place for all tasks and notifications associated with keeping your PC running safely and smoothly. It makes it easier for you to fix problems yourself by providing a new streamlined way to address notifications and manage PC issues, including configuring the User Account Control. You’ll see fewer notifications on your desktop because the Action Center consolidates alerts from 10 existing Windows features, including Security Center, Problem Reports and Solutions, Windows Defender, Windows Update, Diagnostics, Network Access Protection, Backup and Restore, Recovery, and User Account Control. When Windows 7 needs your attention, you’ll see a new icon in the notification area. To find out more, click the icon to launch a menu that gives you options to fix the issue immediately or go to the Action Center for more details. If you don’t have time to address the issue immediately, the information you need will be waiting for you the next time you visit the Action Center.

Windows Troubleshooting
Wouldn’t it be nice if your PC could recognize and solve many common problems, so that you could stay productive rather than calling for help? Windows Troubleshooting—new in Windows 7—diagnoses and resolves common operating system and hardware issues by using built-in troubleshooters for several different types of problems. For example, the printing troubleshooter helps you resolve problems with local printers, such as removing a job that’s stuck in the print queue, as well as problems related to networked printers at the office. Similarly, the power efficiency troubleshooter runs a simple test to determine the percentage degradation in storage capacity for your portable PC’s battery, so that you can be proactive in replacing a battery that’s near the end of its useful life. To launch the troubleshooting platform, just go to the Start menu and type fix or troubleshoot. A wizard will launch automatically. Other troubleshooters in Windows 7 run in the background on a scheduled basis. If these troubleshooters discover a problem, they’ll let you know in the Action Center. With Windows 7, it’s easier than ever to perform tasks like cleaning up temporary files, detecting hard disk errors, removing broken shortcuts, and ensuring that the system time is correct. Windows 7 has built-in troubleshooters for many categories, as shown in the following table. New and updated troubleshooters provided by Microsoft and your PC vendor will be posted online for you to download. In addition, businesses can create their own troubleshooters.

Startup Repair
Startup problems can be difficult to troubleshoot, because if you can’t start the operating system you can’t use the built-in troubleshooting tools. In the past, you or your support professionals may have found it easier to reinstall your operating system than troubleshoot, even though the solution may be as simple as replacing a single file. And although Windows Vista provides an automated Startup Repair tool to diagnose and recover unbootable systems, the tool requires extra steps if the operating system is on a different partition. Windows 7 automatically installs the Startup Repair tool onto the operating system partition, so you’ll always have access to it. After an unsuccessful boot, Windows 7 automatically loads Startup Repair, which scans your PC for issues (such as corrupt registry and system fi les or an invalid Boot Configuration Database), automatically repairs files when possible, and then reboots as normal.

Built-in Troubleshooters in Windows 7
Troubleshoot problems that prevent you from experiencing Aero animations and effects.

Browse the Web
Troubleshoot problems that prevent you from browsing the Web with Internet Explorer.

Connection to a Shared Folder
Access shared files and folders on other PCs.

Connection to a Workplace Using Direct Access
Troubleshoot problems that prevent you from connecting to your workplace network over the Internet using DirectAccess.

Hardware and Devices
Troubleshoot problems with hardware and devices.

HomeGroup Networking
Troubleshoot problems that prevent you from viewing PC or shared files in a homegroup.

Incoming Connections to This Computer
Allow other PCs to connect to this computer.

Internet Connections
Connect to the Internet or to a particular Web site.

Clean up unused files and shortcuts, and perform other maintenance tasks.

Network Adapter
Troubleshoot Ethernet, wireless, or other network adapters.

Adjust settings in Windows that can help improve overall speed and performance.

Play a DVD in Windows Media Player
Troubleshoot problems that prevent a DVD from playing in Windows Media Player.

Play Sound
Troubleshoot problems that prevent your PC from playing sound.

Adjust power settings to improve battery life and reduce power consumption.

Troubleshoot problems that prevent you from using a printer.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
Troubleshoot a program that doesn’t work in this version of Windows.

Record Sound
Troubleshoot problems that prevent your PC from recording sound.

Web Browsing Safety
Adjust settings for browser safety in Internet Explorer.

Windows Media Player Library
Troubleshoot problems that prevent music and movies from being shown in the Windows Media Player Library.

Windows Media Player Settings
Reset Windows Media Player back to default settings.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


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