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Microsoft Fix it - Portable

How to Create a Portable Microsoft Fix it
Published by Slartybart
22 Feb 2014
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How to Create a Portable Microsoft Fix it

information   Information
Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services (MATS) is the engine that drives Microsoft Fix it solutions. The online Microsoft Fix it Solution Center offers solutions to common issues; for most solutions you can simply press the green Run Now button and let MATS diagnose and repair the issue for you. Alternatively, you could download the MATS to run it offline; and many solutions provided a Let me fix it myself section.

In August of 2013, Microsoft made the entire MATS / Fix it catalog portable. This greatly simplifies troubleshooting issues where Internet connectivity is not available or a machine cannot connect to the Internet. The catalog and engine can be put on a Flash drive and carried with you when you help a client or a friend.

Note   Note
Available Microsoft Fix it categories
  • Aero
  • Audio Playback
  • CD/DVD
  • Codec
  • Display Quality
  • Exchange
  • File Folder
  • Firewall
  • Games
  • Internet Explorer Add-On
  • Internet Explorer Performance
  • Maintenance
  • Malware Prevention
  • Media Player Device
  • Microsoft Installer (msi)
  • MSN Client
  • Performance
  • Photo Slideshow
  • Power
  • Printer
  • Search
  • Security
  • Sound Recording
  • USB
  • Windows Phone 7
  • Zune

Here's how:

1. Download Microsoft Fix it portable edition, Click here and the download immediately begins.

(In a ZIP file)

Microsoft Fix it portable edition requires an Internet connection to download any requisite software.
a. Click on the Save button on the download bar to save the package in your Downloads folder.

For example: C:\Users\Dad\Downloads

Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit0_dlbar-a2.png
2. Click on the Open folder button when the download complete bar is presented.
a. MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe should be selected/highlighted when the folder is opened.

b. Double click on MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe.

c. Click on Run if the Security Warning dialog is presented.

Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit0_dlbar-b.png

Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit1_dlfolder-.png
3. Click on the Accept button (agree to the terms of the License Agreement).
Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit2_init-.png
4. Browse to specify a save location (USB drive or Hard drive).

Note   Note
The example in this tutorial saves the Microsoft Fix it portable edition to C:\MS Fixit on the hard drive, but the real power of this package is portability, a USB or Optical disc is more practical.

To put the Microsoft Fix it portable edition onto an optical disc, you must first save it to your hard drive and then burn the finished save location to a writable disc.

The package is small (~40 MB) enough to fit on a CD-R with plenty of room to spare.

a. Leave the checkbox unticked for [...] This computer already has Windows PowerShell installed...

b. Click on the Save button.

Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit2_init-b.png

5. Microsoft Fix it portable edition downloads additional components and Cabinet files.
Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit2_init-c.png
6. Click on the Finish button.
Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit2_init-d.png
7. The folder, Fix it portable, now contains the entire Microsoft Fix it package.
Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit3_run-b.png
8. To run the Microsoft Fix it portable edition:
a. Open a Windows Explorer window.

b. Navigate to the folder Fix it portable.

c. Double click Launch Fix it to open the Microsoft Fix it portable edition.

Tip   Tip
You can create a shortcut by right clicking Launch Fix it and select Create shortcut from the alternate menu. Drag the shortcut to your desktop or start menu, a copy is placed in the destination.

Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit3_run-.png
9. To run an individual Fix it Troubleshooter:
a. Select a category that best describe the area exhibiting the issue.

b. Scroll through the list of Troubleshooters to locate the one(s) that apply to the issue.
1. Click on the green Run Now button to run the Microsoft Automated Trouble Shooter (MATS) locally.


2. Click on the Hyperlink text name of the MATS to run it from the Internet (most up-to-date MATS)
Microsoft Fix it - Portable-fixit3_run-c.png
10. Viewing the Troubleshooter report file:
a. Click View report details in the lower left corner of the troubleshooter window.
1. View the report BEFORE running the Troubleshooter to see what it will attempt to fix

2. View the report AFTER running the Troubleshooter to see what it did or did not fix
b. Reports are written to Cabinet Files in a sub-folder of your Temp folder

For example: C:\Users\Dad\AppData\Local\Temp\MATS-Temp\Results\Windows USB

Every user account has environment variables defined. One of those is TEMP.

Use this variable to easily navigate in Windows Explorer to your Temp folder by typing %TEMP% in the address bar.
22 Feb 2014   #1

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Nice one Bill have used this in the past but now have a short route to it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Good tutorial Bill. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2014   #3

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Nice tutorial Slartybart
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Feb 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

Nice one
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

GREAT, this is a problem solver, thanks!!!!
Why does Microsoft just doesn't do an auto scan and fix it all portable for Windows already, would be so good. Plug and play...or work
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

Good tutorial Slartybart I just learned something new that is a great help for troubleshooting windows problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Aug 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I recently had several occasions to use it offline but couldn't fix anything, sure the system got serious problems after I tried to upgrade from Internet Explorer 8 to IE9.
BTW, very nice tutorial as always here on Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2015   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This is an excellent howto, thank you!

Unfortunately, MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe failed pulling the engine itself from Microsoft's servers (I guess).
Can you please provide alternative sources, or links, or download mirrors?

Thanks a lot!

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 May 2015   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

They did that because they are already "killing" the system?
Either way, there you go Fixit
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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