Using Microsoft Fix It

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 27, 2015)

4

Have you ever installed a program and then, at some future point, unsuccessfully tried to remove it? You are not alone—it is a fact that sometimes things can get "gunked up" in your system so much that Windows refuses to allow a program to be uninstalled. This can be very frustrating.

The problem is actually caused by errant or corrupted information stored in the Registry. (The Windows Registry is the central repository of information related to what is on your system and how each of those elements should behave.) Recognizing this problem, Microsoft decided to make available a nifty little program that can automatically repair the corrupted or problem areas for you. It is called Microsoft Fix It.

To use the program, you first need to download it from this Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/Program_Install_and_Uninstall

Once installed, run the program and you are led through a series of steps that can help track down and fix the problems. It does this by identifying all the programs on your system and then letting you choose what you want removed. The tool is particularly good for things like outdated Java updates that are notorious for refusing to uninstall.

 This tip (9958) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Hyperlinking to a Specific Excel Worksheet

Creating a hyperlink to an Excel workbook is easy. With the information in this tip you can discover how to hone that ...

Discover More

Helpful Pop-up Screen Tips

Screen tips can be helpful to people reading your document on-screen. Using the technique described here, you can add screen ...

Discover More

Exact Matches with DSUM

The DSUM function is very handy when you need to calculate a sum based on data that matches criteria you specify. If you ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

ConFavor

Navigating to favorite files or folders need not be a time waster of click through a tree structure. ConFavor makes this type ...

Discover More

Using Resource Monitor

Maximizing your system's performance is an ongoing activity that requires in-depth knowledge of various components. Resource ...

Discover More

WizTree

Need to find out which files are hogging the most space on your hard drives? The WizTree utility can analyze your drives very ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five more than 2?

2015-05-25 05:46:15

Derek McLean

I've just tried the link, to find that it does open a web page. But the list of programs that it "Applies to" is very short; comprising 20-odd 'Visual Studio' and nothing else.
I have tried other FixIt programs in the past. Some of them have proved to be successful, but not all.


2015-05-24 06:34:56

Hazel Kohler

I got a "page does not exist" response when I clicked on the url in the article.


2015-04-27 14:09:28

WyomingSteve

I have windows 7 and just clicked on the url in this article and it worked fine. I'm the one who submitted this tip. The program is not in beta...I don't understand what the problem is. FIXIT is the name applied to many of the programs from Microsoft for various fixes; maybe you tried to download the wrong one.


2015-04-27 13:31:31

Hugh Tannenbaum

The link provided does not allow me to download the FIXIT program. After searching the web I got a message that the FIXIT Beta has been removed from Windows 7.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.