No installation necessary
There is no setup pack involved, so you can save the program files to any part of the hard disk and just click the executable to launch FixWin, as well as copy it to a pen drive or other removable storage unit, in order to directly launch it on any PC and fix its issues.
Worth mentioning is that, unlike many installers, this portable app does not alter Windows registry settings or create additional objects on the disk, leaving it clean after removing FixWin.
Made from a regular window with all components neatly organized in separate tabs, the interface is user-friendly and lets you dive into the configuration process immediately.
Create a system restore point and run a system scan
Before processing with any tasks, it is recommended to create a system restore point to be able to revert OS changes after encountering potential Windows stability issues. FixWin provides a button to quickly do this.
An initial system scan can be taken to get an assessment of the current situation concerning possible errors on the drive. This operation may last a while, depending on the size of your disk.
Discover the types of issues to repair
As previously mentioned, all modules are grouped into separate areas for easy access. For example, when it comes to Windows Explorer, you can restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop or "Folder Options" if they're missing, as well as resolve non-working thumbnails and unrecognizable CD or DVD drives.
Internet connectivity and Windows Media issues
Common network connectivity problems can be fixed in regard to blurry text or font style for source window in Internet Explorer 8, enabling the right-click menu in IE, resetting the TCP/IP to default, or fixing runtime error dialogs that appear when surfing IE, among others.
Windows Media issues focus on the app's inability to start due to the "An internal application error has occurred" error message, to correctly display slideshows, to correctly use the Compositing Mixer tool, or if automatic Windows Updates do not work for it, to name some examples.
System tools and other fixes
Reparations for system tools revolve around Task Manager, Command Prompt, Registry Editor, MMC Snap-ins, Windows Search, System Restore, Device Manager, Windows Defender, Action Center, Windows Security Center, and the "Turn Windows Features On or Off" dialog box. Additional fixes are available too, such as enabling the hibernate or hybrid sleep feature, as well as restoring the Windows Sidebar Gadgets or Aero Snap.
Evaluation and conclusion
No error dialogs popped up in our tests, and FixWin did not hang or crash. As expected, it has minimal impact on computer performance, so it does not hog CPU and RAM. Bottom line is that FixWin can be quite handy for repairing commonly found Windows issues, and it is especially designed for inexperienced users who want to get their computer up and running again in no time.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on October 21st, 2014
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Application descriptionFixWin is a handy portable tool that will offer you the possibility to repair common Windows issues. The software can ...