It has been a while since I used this tip to check for errors but I was reminded of the need for it today so I figure I would pass it on to you.
The “Help and Support Center” in Windows XP is useful for troubleshooting problems and obtaining information about how to use the operating system. However, the Help and Support Center does far more than just this. You can use the Help and Support Center to quickly obtain information about the status of hardware and software on your computer.
It will provide with status information about the following components:
• Obsolete Application and Device Drivers
• System Software
• Hard Disk
• Random Access Memory (RAM)
To view information using the Help and Support Center:
1. Log on as an administrator. I say this because I know you don’t normally do that, right?!
2. Click the “Start” button in the lower left corner of the screen.
3. Now click on “Help and Support”, it should be the icon with the “?” inside a circle.
4. In the new window, under the “Pick a Task List” (located in the middle of the window, click on “Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems” (yes that is a long name).
5. Under the list of “Tools” on the left side of the window, click “My Computer Information”.
6. A new list will appear on the right pane, click “View the status of my system hardware and software”.
Windows XP will collect the required information then generate and display the status report showing various information about your computer. If there is a known issue it should be listed here.
You can also see when your system was installed / setup under the “System Software” area where your version of Windows XP will be listed.
While I am not that trilled with the “Troubleshooter” section, if you do see an issue, you can always use Google to search it out by using the information listed.
There are other time wasters under the “Tools” pane on the left side that you can use to explore other issues or details about your software and or hardware such as “Network Diagnostics” and “Advanced System Information”.
Until we meet again, have a virus free week!