September 27, 2009

Action Center – Troubleshooting

One great feature bundled with the Action Center is troubleshooting. If you are having problems with your computer, open the troubleshooting component and Windows will run tests to determine why the problem exists and how it can be fixed.

To test the troubleshooter, I decided to let Windows find out why I cannot run Aero in a virtual environment.  

To troubleshoot a problem:

1. Click the Start button, type action, and click on Action Center.

2. Scroll down and click on Troubleshooting.

3. Click Yes if you would like to get the latest troubleshooting updates.

4. Locate the issue you are having (in this case: Display Aero desktop effects.)

5. Windows will now determine why you are having the problem.

6. In my case, Windows determined I need to update my drivers.

7. Windows may continue to detect problems.

8. Windows has found the exact problem: my graphics card (a generic VMware card) is not compatible with Aero.

The Action Center is great and a move in the right direction. Computers will never completely fix themselves, but letting you know what the problem is helps greatly.

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