Microsoft Launched “Automated Troubleshooting Services” to Fix Common Maintenance Problems for Windows XP and Vista

Microsoft has launched online "Automated Troubleshooting Services" to automatically detect and fix common maintenance problems such as broken desktop shortcuts, unused icons, disk volume errors, and incorrect system time display.

It fixes following issues:

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 following errors

  • Windows update error 0x80072F8F
  • The item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted

Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services scans your computer and detects the root causes of common problems, then automatically fixes the problems that it finds, and offers additional resources if the problem isn't fixed.

Run Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services

It only supports Windows XP and Vista as Windows 7 and Server 2008 already come with built-in Automated Troubleshooting Services which can be accessed using Control Panel -> System and Security -> Action Center -> Troubleshoot common computer problems.

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  • each time i boot system i need to hit del to enter cmos set and esc to come out of it without saving anything.
    otherwise i cannot boot the system. i did not have this problem before.
    kly advice ty jayram .

  • VG

    ^^ Its time to replace CMOS battery in your motherboard.

  • Microsoft really need to get their s**t together or they will experience severe customer losses with windows OS' especially windows 8 and 7 as well as some earlier version i have tried all the above method and my cd/ dvd rom drive still not picking up CD's or DVD'S.

  • @Jamar

    This indicates a problem with Hardware and not an issue with the actual OS.

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