Microsoft Fix it is a set of tools designed to help you diagnose and solve a lot of problems related with Windows settings or programs. The tools provide you with solutions for a variety of potential problems with the Aero interface, the computer's power consumption or the hardware detection.
You can find them useful when you encounter errors while using the Windows Live Photo Gallery or the MSN client. Some of the applications deal with important components such as the Windows Update Service, the Windows Firewall or all the Windows security settings.
The tools are designed for the users that do not have the knowledge or the time to go "under the hood" and check for a specific problem in multiple places. They provide a wizard-like interface that guides you through all the steps required to quickly diagnose the problem and apply the fixes.
If you have a problem with a Windows function such as file printing or removing a USB storage device, you just need to download the appropriate tool and run it. The application downloads the diagnostic package from the Internet and allows you to run the tests.
Before running the troubleshooter you can choose to apply the fixes automatically or to review the problems and to select the solutions that you want to apply. Thus, you can avoid changing a setting that you have customized deliberately.
Certain tools have additional dialogs where need to select the devices that you want to diagnose before running the tests or the operation that you are having trouble with. The results of the scan are displayed in the wizard window but can also be printed or saved as HTML report for later analysis.
These tools can help you solve important issues related with Windows functions and you should try them since they can provide you with more advanced solutions than the Windows troubleshooters.