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Broken Windows? Click 7 Quick Fix

Check this free bundle of 108 common fixes first when troubleshooting Windows 7.

Lots of free fixes are available for common Windows problems, most of them either built into Windows (but in out-of-the-way corners) or freely available from Microsoft or other developers. We've seen (and used) several freeware collections of these tools, including 7 Quick Fix from leelu soft. It packs 108 different Windows 7 fixes and tweaks, everything from enabling or disabling common features to opening the Registry Editor or Task Manager when your system is under duress. This portable freeware tips the scales at a mere 1.1 MB.

We opened 7 Quick Fix when the installer finished, but a tool tip advised us to run the program as an Administrator, so we closed 7 Quick Fix, right-clicked its Start menu icon, and selected Run as Administrator. When 7 Quick Fix reopened, another tool tip told us that hovering our cursor over any one of the many buttons that comprise the user interface would display a detailed description of the tool in the lower panel. The tools are grouped in 6 categories under a series of icons in the program's central divider: Enable/Disable, Restore Missing Stuff, Performance, Errors and Crashes, Tweaks, and File Association. The first group, Enable/Disable, includes tools that control various Windows features and properties, such as Enable Display Properties. Most of these tools work automatically: Click them, and an OK pop-up appears. We could choose Enable or Disable IP V6, Enable Win + X shortcuts, Disable Low Space Disk Check, and apply other fixes, 18 in all. The other headings mostly offer fixes for problems, but Performance and Tweaks contain tools that can address performance-hogging issues, such as slow menus, and apply tweaks such as adding a variety of useful commands to context menus (like Copy To and Move To commands). The Associations tool simply displays a field of small buttons listing file types, such as JPEG files, ZIP files, and BAT files.

This versatile free program should be the first thing you click for when (not if) some small problem arises in Windows. We certainly plan to practice what we preach and make 7 Quick Fix a permanent fixture in our system toolkit.

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