Troubleshooting Tools for System Admin

Microsoft Fix It Solution Center

The Microsoft Fix It Solution Center is an online tool that helps you to quickly find and fix common system issues. Once you are entered the symptoms, you can either download an executable to automatically fix the issue or be directed to a relevant Microsoft Knowledge base Article that explains what the cause and recommend work around.

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Problem Steps Recorder

Steps Recorder (called Problems Steps Recorder in Windows 7), is a program that helps you troubleshoot a problem on your device by recording the exact steps you took when the problem occurred. You can then send this record to a support professional to help them diagnose the problem.

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Reliability Monitor

The Reliability Monitor snap-in for Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides a system stability overview and details about events that impact reliability. It calculates the Stability Index shown in the System Stability Chart over the lifetime of the system.

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WELT

Simple enough, windows will display a value in either Decimal or Hex for Win32, HRESULT, NTSTATUS and STOP error codes (For the Developer, this can be the return value of an API call or from GetLastError). Type in an error code and WELT will display the Facility, Status, Code, Define, and Description for the error.

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Windows Powershell

In Windows PowerShell: Extracting Strings Using Regular Expressions, I introduced the Windows PowerShell and discussed the concept of regular expressions, giving an example of how to build a Windows PowerShell script to extract strings from a file using a given regular expression. In this two part series, I will discuss a number of PowerShell scripts to assist with some of the fundamental administration and troubleshooting tasks.

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Winaudit

As part of the troubleshooting process, it is helpful to know as much information as you can about the machine where the problem resides to assist in finding a solution more quickly. Winaudit scans your computer and gathers a whole raft of information about installed software.

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Joeware Utilities

The joeware utilities… Saving administrators around the world time and frustration for over twelve years. Please feel free to use these tools as you like, if you do something cool with them, let me know, I like hearing what things people find to do with them.

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Nirsoft NirLauncher

NirLauncher is an application that bundles more than 170 portable freeware utilities. The tools available include password recovery tools, Internet tools, programming tools, and system tools-all of which can be used for troubleshooting and information gathering.

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Microsoft SysInternals Suite

The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault.

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WSCC

WSCC is not a troubleshooting tool per se, but it does facilities issue troubleshooting by acting as an inventory for various system troubleshooting tool suites(such as those from Microsoft SysInternals and Nirsoft). It allows you to install, update, execute and categories the entire collection of tools in a single location.

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Useful Videos

WinAudit

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Reliability Monitor

Source:Learn Windows 10 and computers

Microsoft Fix It Pro

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