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Add a Shortcut to Troubleshooting and System Maintenance Wizard

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Windows 7 is a big step in making computers easier to use. It also has several wizards that can help a beginner troubleshoot, repair and maintain their PC. The System Maintenance wizard can check your system to see if it can make repairs to "fix" common problems. The System Maintenance program is located in the Control Panel. However, some people like having shortcuts, either on their desktop or in a folder dedicated to maintenance and support. Here is how to create a shortcut to the System Maintenance wizard.

1. Right click on the desktop and select "New Shortcut".




2. For the location of the item, type in %systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic.


3. You can name it whatever you'd like, I used System Maintenance to make it easy to understand what it was.



4. Double clicking the shortcut invokes the System Maintenance wizard, as if you had launched it from the control panel.

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