Automatically fix computer problems

20. April, 2010

Microsoft announced the availability of a tool called “Fix-it“. The idea is that many computer users have similar problems and they can be fixed with a simple script (which downloads and installed a bugfix of a hardware driver, cleans a registry key, etc).

Right now, even if you find the issue in the knowledge base, you have to do this manually. So a program will help many people to solve the issues themselves. Also, the scripts can look for problems which the user didn’t even notice, yet.

I think this would be a great idea for Linux, too. For example, if you try to debug a network problem, the steps are always the same: Check the output of ifconfig, ping a couple of known servers, try to telnet somewhere. The script could ask for these values and save them. When you have network trouble again, it could run the tests automatically, examine the values and give suggestions.