We all love using computers when they work well, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Some people get lucky and don’t have to deal with performance decreases and various errors for years, whereas some end up with a slow and unresponsive computer within weeks of purchasing it. No matter whether you are one of the lucky or the unlucky ones, it’s always good to know how to troubleshoot your computer and have all the necessary tools to do that. Here are three essential Windows troubleshooting tools that will help you fix errors and resolve performance issues.
1. Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder
Problem Steps Recorder is a built-in Windows 7 tool that can help you get all the information you need about the errors on your computer. This tool records literally everything – all mouse click, keystrokes, actions, and it also takes screenshots. Then this information is saved as a compressed MHTML file, which you can use for later reference or email to tech support. To launch Problem Steps Recorder, click on Start, type PSR in the Search box and hit Enter. Then start recording by clicking on Start Record. To save the report, simply stop recording and the report file will be saved automatically to the default location.
Auslogics Task Manager is an alternative to the built-in Windows Task Manager that is supplied with all versions of Windows. The program is absolutely free, but this doesn’t stop it having great features that are not present in the default Windows Task Manager. With the help of Auslogics Task Manager, you can get detailed information about all applications, processes and services running on your system; detailed information about CPU, RAM, HDD and network usage; and unlock locked files. On top of that, Auslogics Task Manager rates all processes, so that you will immediately know if any processes are harmful. Download Auslogics Task Manager here.
Autoruns is a great program for configuring your startup list and troubleshooting startup application errors. This tool shows you which applications are configured to launch at system boot or user login, and shows you all startup entries in the order Windows processes them. These entries include the items in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can also configure Autoruns to display other locations, such as Windows Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and lots more. With the help of this tool, you’ll know all about your system startup and will be able to disable the unwanted entries in just a couple of clicks.