A free Microsoft solution is designed to automate the work needed to perform common system maintenance tasks on a Windows PC, including Windows 7 machines.
The Redmond company is offering a Fix It troubleshooter through the “Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks” webpage on Microsoft Support which customers can download and run immediately.
This particular Fix It download is designed to deal with a variety of tasks, including repairing disk volume errors, Microsoft revealed.
“Automatically detect and fix common maintenance problems such as broken desktop shortcuts, unused icons, disk volume errors, and incorrect system time display,” reads the company’s summary of the tool’s functionality.
Windows users will be able to leverage the Fix It troubleshooter in order to automatically perform a few system maintenance tasks including:
“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; and set the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server.”
But there are additional issues that the solution is designed to automatically detect and repair, such as: “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; and Startup items don't work or are broken.”
According to Microsoft, users that come across one of the following error messages can also turn to the troubleshooter: “Windows update error 0x80072F8F and the item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted.”
It might be a good idea for customers to run the Fix It troubleshooter even if they’re not experiencing any problems.
The tool will detect any potential glitches they might be unaware of and proceed to offer a resolve if users so desire.