Microsoft has recently introduced a new service called Fix It which aids users in fixing common problems that are encountered when using the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software. Fix It programs are small applications designed to repair common issues that users experience on the system.
The process has been simplified, and the programs are basically small scripts that users can download from Microsoft, and execute without installation on the system to attempt to fix the issue that they are experiencing.
Microsoft usually lists a manual fix as well that Windows users may apply to the system which is great if users don't want to run the Fix It program, or prefer to know what is being done in the background to fix the issue.
All the fixes that Microsoft created can be accessed directly on the official website. A recent addition is the Fix It gadget which can be added to both the Windows Vista and the Windows 7 operating system (and probably even for the Windows XP sidebar mod).
Update: Sidebar gadgets have been retired in all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The Fix It Gadget is no longer available as a consequence.
The Fix It sidebar gadget provides access to all of the fixes that have been created by Microsoft for the company's various operating systems and applications.
It offers a search that can be used to search the database for fix it solutions, and a tag cloud which you may use to click on popular products. Solutions are displayed in the gadget directly; this includes the name and download count. A click on a problem will open a new window with additional information and a link to the one click solution.
The footer of the gadget lists links to pages that offer additional information including Technet and Facebook pages of the Fix It project. The Microsoft Fix It gadget is a handy tool for users who use the sidebar in Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Update: Microsoft has retired the gadget engine recently and removed most gadgets that it has created in the past as a consequence.
This means that the Fix It gadget is no longer available. You can still visit the Fix It Solution Center to search for scripts though.
All you need to do there is select one of the solution categories, e.g. Windows, Internet Explorer or Office, and select the problem area, or use the search to find solutions if available.
Update 2: The Fix It Solution Center is not available anymore as well.
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