Microsoft has just launched a new self-repair service for Windows-based PCs. The new service, called “Fix It,” is the new product, whic is based on similar features online and in Windows 7, but extends them to all machines from Windows XP upwards, according to the Daily Telegraph (UK).
Fix It Center scans your device to diagnose and repair problems, then gives you the option to “Find and fix” or to “Find and report,” according to the site. There are customized settings and options to manage multiple devices from a single view.
Microsft Fix It Center and the accompanying Fix It Online service are meant to help users running Windows XP (with Service Pack 3 and the SP2 version of 64-bit XP Pro); Windows Vista; Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The programme works by regularly checking software problems, and then comparing them to a list of known fixes. If solutions become available they are automatically installed. Fix It also tries to work out if any new updates are likely to cause other problems. Although it does not offer any guarantees, it should mean that a large number of basic computing problems, for both consumers and small businesses, are solved without the active involvement of users.
The development of automated, bespoke solutions for individual computers has long been an aim for large IT firms, and was in part behind their decisions to collect large amounts of data about users’ problems. Reporting problems to Microsoft, however, has previously primarily only benefited the company’s internal improvements that have led to generalised solutions. [MS Fix It Center via Daily Telegraph (UK) and DigitalTrends]