Microsoft introduced the Fix it Solution Center in the first half of 2010, and now also made available for download a Fix IT pack, which it’s offering free of charge.
The Fix it Solution Center is designed to help customers find automated solutions for their problems.
Essentially, in addition to sometimes providing guidance and step-by-step instructions for customers to resolve a range of issues with Microsoft’s products, the software giant started putting together basic tools designed to automatically resolve glitches, bugs, etc.
Fix It makes it possible for users to launch an automated solution designed to take care of a specific problem and watch it go away, rather than having to implement a workaround manually. More »
Using keyboard shortcuts can often cut the time it takes to do something on a computer in half. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
Copy the highlighted text or selected item.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.(Sometimes improperly referred to as the pasteboard, the clipboard is the location in a computer operating system such as Microsoft Windows that stores information that has been cut or copied from a document or other location. The clipboard will hold this information until it has been overwritten by new information. For example, a user may copy information from a word processor and paste that information into an e-mail message.)
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would re-do the undo. More »
Use Windows at the office? Want to work faster?
If you’re under the rule of an iron-fisted system administrator you might not be able to implement some of these tweaks, but others you can put into practice right away.
Some of the highlights:
1. Streamline your startup. You can prevent unnecessary programs and services from starting up automatically and slowing down your boot time by using msconfig to remove the sluggish culprits.
2. Learn keyboard shortcuts. Of course, you already know the basics like Ctrl+C to cut and Ctrl+V to paste, but there are dozens more Windows keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier. More »