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Create a Shortcut to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Using System Maintenance

There might be times when Windows 7 seems to not be working correctly and one way to help troubleshoot is use System Maintenance. Rather than going through several menus to access it, we’ll create a shortcut to it.

To get to System Maintenance you can go through several menus in Control Panel to launch it. If you want easier access to it, we’ll show you how to create a shortcut to it. It’s a basic troubleshooting feature that can clean unused files, perform maintenance tasks, and help prevent problems with your PC.

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Create Shortcut to Troubleshoot Using System Maintenance

Right-click an empty area on your Desktop and select New \ Shortcut.

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Now type in the following path in the location field.

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic

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In the next step name the shortcut something that will help you remember what it’s for. Here we are using Troubleshoot System Maintenance.

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Now we have the new shortcut icon on the desktop. If you want to change the icon check out our article on how to customize icons in Windows 7 and Vista.

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Double click on the icon and it will bring you directly to System Maintenance and you can begin using the wizard to search for problems, if you want check the box to apply repairs automatically.

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Luckily on our system nothing was needed to be changed or updated.

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If you do experience problems, you can get a full report on what issues were found.

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Then if you want you can easily add it to the Taskbar with a drag and drop.

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If you’re experiencing problems on your Windows 7 PC or want to prevent them, running System Maintenance is a good place to start. By creating a shortcut to it, you’ll save a few mouse clicks for easier access to it.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/3/10

Comments (4)

  1. gerald powers

    great idea…can u create one for ”create system restore point in windows 7?//

  2. schwartz

    I cannot get the shortcut to the Microsoft Diagnostic Tool to work…the System says it can’t find the file? When I access the file directly in System32 (msdt.exe) it aks for a Passkey?

  3. rwd USA

    It works great with win 7 -64 bit….I would like one to create a restore point also…can it be done?
    Thanks, this is a great tool.

  4. B1663R

    an alternate safe solution to avoid someone accidentally messing everything up is to simply hit the win key and type trou and hit enter!

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