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Best Built in Windows Troubleshooting Programs

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Scott Sekinger

Below are what I believe are the best programs in Windows used to troubleshoot PC problems.  This is just a brief overview.  These programs have their own help option.  You can also find plenty of useful of YouTube videos on each, and of course useful artless online.  Below is what I think are the best the best troubleshooting programs in Windows.

 

1.       Event Viewer is a great trouble shooting program, which could help you to determine what is wrong what is wrong with your PC.  It records errors, warnings, and informational information.  You only need to use program when you are having problems, because otherwise you might go crazy thinking that there is something wrong with your PC.  Windows generates errors all of the time.  If you need you to need find more information about an error, warning, or information then use your favorite search engine. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type event viewer.

2.       Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a great program built into Windows which helps you get rid of well know piece malicious pieces of software.   This program is updated every month by Windows update.  Once you run the program there is a link that gives you more information on the program.  The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type mrt.  Just follow the wizard to scan your PC for malicious pieces of software It is important to remember that this no excuse for excuse for an antivirus, and safe online practices.

3.       System Information is a great program which gives you detail information on your Windows PC.  This includes:  Hardware component, Hardware Resources, and Software Environment.  This can be very helpful in troubleshooting PC problems.  The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type system information.

4.       System Restore is great because it great, because it allows you to rollback to an earlier state before something was done to your machine. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type system restore.

5.       Services allows you to start, stop, and disable startup services (a program that runs in the background.  Be very careful when stop or disable services, because you cause all sorts of problems. You might want to create to restore point before doing anything. You should also do your homework before disabling services to prevent future problems.   The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type services.

6.       Resource Monitor is a very useful program, because it displays information about the use of hardware CPU, memory, disk, and network information.  It evens gives you useful graphs of the information.  The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Resource Monitor.

7.       Performance Monitor is a very useful program, because it allows you examine how programs you run affect your computer's performance, both in real time and by collecting log data for later analysis. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Performance Monitor.

8.       Problem Steps Recorder is awesome, become it allows users to send screenshots on what they did to get the problem. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type psr.

9.       Remote Assistance allows you to offer someone or to ask someone for help. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Remote Assistance

10.   Remote Desktop is a program which allows you to take control of another Windows machine remotely to help troubleshoot, and solve problems remotely.   The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Remote Desktop.

11.   Windows Memory Diagnostics is a program which allows you to test to see if there is any programs with the RAM in your PC. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Windows Memory Diagnostics.

12.   Device Manager is handy because It allows users to view and control the hardware attached to the computer. When a piece of hardware is not working, the offending hardware is highlighted for the user to deal with. Device Manager allows you to out Microsoft and try to update the driver for the selected device. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Device Manager

13.   Task Manager is a program that provides details about programs and processes running on your computer. It displays the most commonly used performance measures for processes. Using the Task Manager can provide you with details on current programs, and see which programs have stopped responding.  The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Task Manager. You can also access Task Manger by pressing <CTRL><ALT><Del> and selecting from the menu, which you might have to do if a program freezes up.

14.   Reliability Monitor is very useful because it tracks the history of your computer any time an application crashes, hangs, or even when you get the dreaded the blue screen of death. It also tracks other important events, like when software is installed, or Windows Updates loads a new patch. The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Reliability Monitor.

15.   Troubleshooters is a collection of scripts that solve a wide selection of problems from Windows updates to run programs under an earlier version.  The easiest way to run the program is to press the Windows key and type Troubleshooting.

I hope you enjoy this article and find it useful.