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Windows 7: System Maintenance Troubleshoot Shortcut - Create

System Maintenance Troubleshoot Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "System Maintenance Troubleshooter" Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
07 Mar 2010
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How to Create a "System Maintenance Troubleshooter" Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a Windows 7 System Maintenance Troubleshooter shortcut to use when you like.
Note   Note
The System Maintenance Troubleshooter automatically performs common maintenance tasks below weekly in Windows 7. It either fixes any found problems automatically, or reports the problems through Action Center.



What it fixes:
  • Broken shortcuts - Broken shortcuts are invalid references to programs and other resources. For example, a desktop shortcut for a USB device may be regarded as broken if the USB device is not connected when the System Maintenance troubleshooter performs its maintenance. When there are more than 4 broken shortcuts on the desktop, then all broken shortcuts on the desktop are removed.
  • Troubleshooting history is taking up disk space - Frees up disk space by removing troubleshooting history logs older than 1 month.
  • System time is incorrectly set - Sets the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server. When the system time is set incorrectly, features that rely on time measurement such as Product Activation, malware scanners, browser certificates, etc... might not work correctly.
  • Unused desktop icons - Icons and shortcuts on the desktop that have been unused in 3 months are removed.
  • Disk volume errors - Frees up disk space by repairing hard disk volume errors such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors. These problems can cause the file system to report incorrect volume details and occupy excessive disk space.
  • Error reports are taking up disk space - Frees up disk space by removing error reports and logs older than 1 month.
Tip   Tip
You could also place any or all troubleshooting shortcuts that you would like to use as well from the related tutorials box at the bottom of this tutorial into a new folder, then pin the folder to the taskbar to make using them easier.

EXAMPLE: System Maintenance Troubleshooter
Name:  System_Maintenance.jpg
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Size:  71.1 KB




OPTION ONE
To Download the "System Maintenance Troubleshooter" Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
System_Maintenance_Troubleshooter.zip
download
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the System Maintenance Troubleshooter shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the System Maintenance Troubleshooter shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
Name:  Unblock.jpg
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5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.

6. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "System Maintenance Troubleshooter" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic
Name:  Step1.jpg
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3. Type System Maintenance Troubleshooter for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 1270
Size:  71.5 KB
4. Right click on the new System Maintenance Troubleshooter shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step3.jpg
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\DiagPackage.dll
Name:  Step4.jpg
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Size:  45.1 KB
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step5.jpg
Views: 1243
Size:  99.9 KB
9. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn



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