Troubleshooting in Control Panel contains several troubleshooting programs that can automatically fix some common problems with your computer, such as problems with networking, hardware and devices, using the web, and program compatibility.
Although troubleshooters aren't designed to fix every problem, they are a useful thing to try first, as they can often save you time and effort.
Open Troubleshooting by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under System and Security, clicking Find and fix problems.
When you run a troubleshooter, it might ask you some questions or reset common settings as it works to fix the problem. If the troubleshooter fixed the problem, you can close the troubleshooter. If it couldn't fix the problem, you can view several options that will take you online to try and find an answer. In either case, you can always view a complete list of changes made.
If you click the Advanced link on a troubleshooter and then clear the Apply repairs automatically check box, the troubleshooter displays a list of fixes to choose from, if any problems are found.
Windows includes several troubleshooters, and more are available online when you select the Get the most up-to-date troubleshooters from the Windows Online Troubleshooting service check box at the bottom of Troubleshooting. (Depending on your system settings, this might be replaced by the Do you want the most up to date content available for troubleshooting? box. If so, click Yes for access to the online troubleshooters.)
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For most computer problems, there's usually a solution within reach. Here are some pointers to Help for specific types of problems.
Troubleshoot problems finding wireless networks
Troubleshoot problems finding computers on a home network
Troubleshoot network connection problems
Troubleshoot Internet connection problems
Troubleshoot file and printer sharing
Connect to the Internet
Why is my Internet connection so slow?
You can also try running a troubleshooter to diagnose and fix common Internet Explorer performance problems.
Click this button:
Fix this problem
In the File Download dialog box, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
Tips for solving problems with Internet Explorer
Troubleshoot problems with Windows Mail
Why can't I view an attachment?
Send pictures or videos in e‑mail
To find out if your hardware is compatible with Windows, go to the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor on the Microsoft website.
Tips for fixing common driver problems
Tips for fixing common sound problems
You can also try running a troubleshooter to diagnose and fix common sound playback problems.
Tips for solving problems with USB devices
You can also try running a troubleshooter to diagnose and fix common problems with hardware and devices.
Turn automatic updating on or off
Ways to improve your computer's performance
You can also try running a troubleshooter to diagnose and fix common problems with Windows performance.
The Windows communities pages are a great place to start. Post a question or search for an answer in Windows communities on the Microsoft website.