For those of us who are classified as ‘guru’, we have all received requests from family and friends who are having problems with their computer. Usually the conversation begins with the usual ‘I didn’t do anything, but ….’ and ends up with us working sometimes for hours using the tricks and tips we have learned over the years. When performance problems are an issue, you may wish to try this tool from Microsoft to see if it helps those family and friends who are experiencing performance issues.

Microsoft states on their site that the tool is designed for:

Automatically diagnose and fix causes of poor system performance, such as the power saver setting, multiple anti-virus programs running, multiple startup programs running, and too many users logged on to the computer.
What it fixes…
  • Power plan is set to power saver
  • More than one user is logged on to this computer
  • Multiple anti-virus programs are running
  • Several programs are running when Windows starts
  • Running advanced visual effects (like Vista transparency)and running multiple programs at once may affect performance
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  • Superfetch is not running
  • Some devices are running in PIO mode (Programmed Input/Output) instead of DMA mode (Direct Memory Access)
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How it works…
Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services scans your computer and detects the root causes of common problems, then
Automatically fixes the problems that it finds, and
Offers additional resources if the problem isn’t fixed

The tool can be found at the link below.

Comments welcome.

Source –  Microsoft Tool